'The Analytical Theory of Heat'
By Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (Author)
Translated by Alexander Freeman in 1878, with additional footnotes, 20 figures and an extensive bibliography, this book presents Fourier's theories of the mathematical laws governing the diffusion of heat in solids. Originally published in French in 1822, Fourier's work changed the way scientists perceived mathematical functions.
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Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier (21 March 1768 – 16 May 1830) was a French mathematician and physicist born in Auxerre and best known for initiating the investigation of Fourier series and their applications to problems of heat transfer and vibrations. The Fourier transform and Fourier's Law are also named in his honour. Fourier is also generally credited with the discovery of the greenhouse effect.