Abel, Niels Henrik

Scope and Content

Draft of a paper entitled 'Sur une propriété générale d'une certaine classe de fonctions transcendantes (par Mr.N.H.Abel de Christiana)', apparently in the hand of Niels Henrik Abels hand, later printed as 'Remarques sur quelques propriétés generales d'une certaine sorte de fonctions transcendantes' in Oeuvres complètes de N.H.Abel...redigées...par B.Holmboe (1859), vol.I (section XV), pp.288-98.

Administrative / Biographical History

Niels Henrik Abel was born in Norway in 1802. His father was Soren Georg Abel, a political activist for Norwegian independence. In 1815 Niels Abel was sent to the Cathedral School at Christiania, where he studied mathematics under Bernt Holmboe, who encouraged him to go to Christiania University. He graduated in 1822, having undertaken work on the solution of quintic equations by radicals. In 1823 he published papers on functional equations and integrals, and a work proving the impossibility of solving the general equation of the fifth degree in radicals. For the next four years Abel travelled in Europe, visiting France, Italy and Germany to meet other mathematicians. He returned to Norway in 1827, where he earned a living through teaching until his death in May 1829. In 1830 he was awarded the Grand Prix of the Paris Academy.


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Acquisition Information

Transferred from the General Library in 1970.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

10" x 8½"

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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Custodial History

The manuscript was originally inserted, after the title-page, in a copy of vol.I of the Oeuvres complètes de N.H.Abel...redigées...par B.Holmboe (1839) held by the University of London Library. The work had previously belonged to Augustus De Morgan, but it is not known when or where he acquired it.