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T Topics in harmonic analysis on homogeneous spaces Helgason Topological aspects of low-dimensional systems Comtet A Topological methods for ordinary differential equations Fitzpatrick, Martelli, Mawhin Topological methods for variational problems with symmetries Bartsch Topological quantum field theories and geometry of loop spaces Feher Quantum Cohomology Behrend K Potential Theory Lester L. One of the earliest mathematical physicists was the eleventh century Iraqi physicist and mathematician , Ibn al-Haytham , known in the West as Alhazen.
His conceptions of mathematical models and of the role they play in his theory of sense perception , as seen in his Book of Optics , laid the foundations for mathematical physics.
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The great seventeenth century English physicist and mathematician , Isaac Newton , developed a wealth of new mathematics for example, calculus and several numerical methods most notably Newton's method to solve problems in physics. In the eighteenth century, two of the great innovators of mathematical physics were Swiss: Daniel Bernoulli  for contributions to fluid dynamics , and vibrating strings , and, more especially, Leonhard Euler , for his work in variational calculus , dynamics , fluid dynamics , and many other things.
Another notable contributor was the Italian-born Frenchman, Joseph-Louis Lagrange  for his work in mechanics and variational methods. In Germany , both Carl Friedrich Gauss  in magnetism and Carl Gustav Jacobi  in the areas of dynamics and canonical transformations made key contributions to the theoretical foundations of electricity , magnetism , mechanics , and fluid dynamics. Gauss along with Euler is considered by many to be one of the three greatest mathematicians of all time.
His contributions to non-Euclidean geometry laid the groundwork for the subsequent development of Riemannian geometry by Bernhard Riemann .
As we shall see later, this work is at the heart of general relativity. The nineteenth century also saw the Scot, James Clerk Maxwell , win renown for his four equations of electromagnetism , and his countryman, Lord Kelvin  make substantial discoveries in thermodynamics. Among the English physics community, Lord Rayleigh  worked on sound ; and George Gabriel Stokes  was a leader in optics and fluid dynamics ; while the Irishman William Rowan Hamilton  was noted for his work in dynamics. The German Hermann von Helmholtz  is best remembered for his work in the areas of electromagnetism , waves , fluids , and sound.
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Together, these men laid the foundations of electromagnetic theory , fluid dynamics and statistical mechanics. The late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries saw the birth of special relativity. Einstein then developed the invariant approach further to arrive at the remarkable geometrical approach to gravitational physics embodied in general relativity. This was based on the non-Euclidean geometry created by Gauss and Riemann in the previous century.
Einstein 's special relativity replaced the Galilean transformations of space and time with Lorentz transformations in four dimensional Minkowski space -time.
His general theory of relativity replaced the flat Euclidean geometry with that of a Riemannian manifold , whose curvature is determined by the distribution of gravitational matter. This replaced Newton 's scalar gravitational force by the Riemann curvature tensor. The other great revolutionary development of the twentieth century has been quantum theory , which emerged from the seminal contributions of Max Planck  on black body radiation and Einstein 's work on the photoelectric effect.
This revolutionary theoretical framework is based on a probabilistic interpretation of states, and evolution and measurements in terms of self-adjoint operators on an infinite dimensional vector space Hilbert space , introduced by David Hilbert . Paul Dirac , for example, used algebraic constructions to produce a relativistic model for the electron , predicting its magnetic moment and the existence of its antiparticle, the positron. The term 'mathematical' physics is also sometimes used in a special sense, to distinguish research aimed at studying and solving problems inspired by physics within a mathematically rigorous framework.
Mathematical physics in this sense covers a very broad area of topics with the common feature that they blend pure mathematics and physics.
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Although related to theoretical physics , 'mathematical' physics in this sense emphasizes the mathematical rigour of the same type as found in mathematics. On the other hand, theoretical physics emphasizes the links to observations and experimental physics which often requires theoretical physicists and mathematical physicists in the more general sense to use heuristic , intuitive , and approximate arguments.
Such arguments are not considered rigorous by mathematicians. Arguably, rigorous mathematical physics is closer to mathematics, and theoretical physics is closer to physics. Such mathematical physicists primarily expand and elucidate physical theories. Because of the required rigor, these researchers often deal with questions that theoretical physicists have considered to already be solved.
However, they can sometimes show but neither commonly nor easily that the previous solution was incorrect. The effort to put physical theories on a mathematically rigorous footing has inspired many mathematical developments.
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