Jacques Hadamard

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Jacques Solomon Hadamard (December 8, 1865 - October 17, 1963) was a French mathematician best known for his proof of the prime number theorem.

He studied at the cole Normale Suprieure. After the Dreyfus affair, which involved him personally, he became politically active and became a staunch supporter of Jewish causes.

He introduced the idea of well-posed problem in the theory of partial differential equations. He also gave his name to the Hadamard inequality on volumes, and the Hadamard matrix, on which the Hadamard transform is based. The Hadamard gate in quantum computing uses this matrix.

In his book Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field, Hadamard uses introspection to describe mathematical thought processes. In sharp opposition to authors who identify language and cognition, he describes his own mathematical thinking as largely wordless, often accompanied by mental images that condense the overall idea of a proof.

One of his students was Andr Weil.

Writings

  • Hadamard, Jacques, "Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field". Dover Pubns; November 1990. ISBN 0486201074

Reference

Further reading

  • Life and Work of Jacques Hadamard, Vladimir Maz'ya & T. O. Shaposhnikova, American Mathematical Society, February 1998, hardcover, 574 pages, ISBN 0821808419Template:Mathbiostub

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