Jacobian Elliptic Functions


IN the preface to his "Elliptic Functions", written in 1892, Prof. A. G. Greenhill complained that, although the subject was then nearly seventy years old, it had not made its way into the ordinary curriculum of mathematical study in Great Britain. Fifty years later, in a lecture to the London Mathematical Society, Prof. E. H. Neville declared that, while his contemporaries at Cambridge thirty-five years ago would have regarded the elements of the theory of Jacobian elliptic functions as a subject which every undergraduate should study, the time had now come when the subject was largely neglected. He claimed that the study of Jacobian elliptic functions was being killed by the unnatural way in which the functions were introduced, and that every general principle was stifled by the lack of symmetry and the multitude of special formulae. The book under review is his attempt to restore the Jacobian functions to their proper place in a university curriculum.

Jacobian Elliptic Functions

By Eric Harold Neville. Pp. xv + 332. (Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1944.) 25s. net.

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