
06474275
a
2015e.00036
Bekken, Otto B.
Wessel on vectors.
Swetz, Frank (ed.) et al., Learn from the masters. Proceedings of the international conference/workshop on the history of mathematics, held in Kristiansand, Norway, August of 1988. Providence, RI: Mathematical Association of America (ISBN 0883857030/pbk). Classr. Resour. Mater., 207213 (1995).
1995
Providence, RI: Mathematical Association of America
EN
A30
H65
H45
F55
history of mathematics
university teaching
genetic method
vectors
vector analysis
vector algebra
mathematicians
mathematics in the 18th century
mathematics in the 19th century
complex numbers
quaternions
Caspar Wessel
Summary: The author reviews the work of the Norwegian Caspar Wessel who provided a graphical meaning to the concept of vectors in two dimensions and attempted to extend it to three dimensions. The author's historical comments on vectors reflect on both mathematics and physics teaching.