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By Hans-Joachim Petsche

Hermann Günther Graßmann used to be essentially the most notable personalities in 19th-century technology. A "small-town genius", he built a groundbreaking n-dimensional algebra of house and contributed to a revolution within the knowing of arithmetic. His paintings interested nice mathematicians resembling W. R. Hamilton, J. W. Gibbs and A. N. Whitehead. This highbrow biography strains Graßmann’s steps in the direction of medical brilliance via untangling a classy net of impacts: the strength of unsolved difficulties in arithmetic, Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Dialectic, German Romanticism and lifestyles in 19th-century Prussia. The publication additionally introduces the reader to the main points of Graßmann’s mathematical paintings with out neglecting his achievements in Sanskrit philology and physics. And, for the 1st time, it makes many unique resources obtainable to the English-language reader.

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In Berlin, he became a follower and pupil of Schleiermacher. In 1817, he finished his dissertation in Halle and, after completing his habilitation, became a privately paid professor in Berlin. Only in 1824 did he receive a regular teaching position. In 1833 he left Berlin University because, even after Hegel’s death, with his followers still in place, he had no chance of becoming a full professor. His philosophy was characterized by eclectic positions. ”79 Graßmann’s university studies taught him independence, versatility and the importance of maintaining physical and intellectual vigor.

The ballad composer Carl Loewe, with whom the Graßmanns had shared their living quarters for an extended period of time, taught him to play piano and bass. Loewe’s Romanticism probably made an early impression on Graßmann and must have influenced his general worldview. The love of music never left him. In later years, he successfully and enthusiastically conducted the boys’ choir of the Stettin “Gymnasium”. He also collected Pomeranian folksongs, arranged them and sang them with his children. After enrolling at Berlin University to study theology together with his brother Gustav, who was two years older than Hermann, a piano was Hermann Graßmann’s first major acquisition.

Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (1768 – 1834) his students how to approach every branch of science competently. He did this not by giving positive elements, but by showing how it was possible to approach every investigation correctly and continue it independently, thereby enabling the scientist to find the positive elements on his own. At the same time, his ideas stimulated me intellectually while his sermons inspired me spiritually. This could not remain without consequences for my basic convictions and my entire way of thinking.

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