Yesterday we had a very nice talk about Liouville, given by Jesper Lützen from Copenhagen.
I am not going to summarise his talk. But here are a few small facts about Liouville which I didn’t know.
- Sturm and Liouville were possibly the first two people to co-author a mathematical paper.
- Liouville introduced the term “geodesic”.
- Liouville’s famous proof of the existence of transcendental numbers was salvaged from a failed attempt to prove that the number e is transcendental.