August ferdinand mobius Essay

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august ferdinand mobius



August Ferdinand Möbius was born on November 17, 1790 in Schulpforta, Germany. (Then
called Saxony.) He was the only child of Johann Heinrich Mobius, a dancing teacher. She
was related to the famous Martin Luther, the man responsible for writing the document
known as the 96 Thesis. Möbius himself was home schooled until he was thirteen. Showing an
avid interest in mathematics, he went to college in Schulpforta, Germany in 1803.

When Möbius graduated from college in 1809 he became a student at the university of
Leipzig. Here he started to study law against the will of his family. However, halfway
through his first year he realized that law did not fit his interests. He then switched to
the study of mathematics, physics, and astronomy.

During his time in college, some well-known mathematicians and astronomers influenced
Möbius. It is said that his greatest influence was that of Karl Mollweide, his astronomy
teacher. Mollweide is known for the trigonometric relations he discovered in 1807.

Möbius then went to Göttingen, Germany in 1813. Here he studied under Carl Friedrich
Gauss. Gauss, like Mollweide, was also an astronomer. However, Gauss' main interests were
mathematical. From Göttingen Möbius went to Halle and studied under Johann Pfaff, Gauss'
teacher. Pfaff taught him mainly mathematics. By the end of his studies, Möbius had
established firm roots in both mathematics and astronomy.

In 1816, Möbius was appointed to the chair of astronomy at Leipzig. He hoped to soon
become a full professor. However, his hopes were abolished when it became clear that
Möbius' ability to give an interesting lecture was not quite up to par. In fact, he had to
advertise his lectures as being free just to get people to come to them. He was, however,
offered other jobs as a proffessor in both mathematics and astronomy at other schools. He
turned these jobs down due to his loyalty to Leipzig. In 1844, Mobius was offered
professorship at the University of Jena. Seeing how they might lose Mobius, Leipzig
granted him full professorship.

Mobius was also an observer at the observatory at leipzig. He was also involved in the
reconstruction of the observatory. He was supervisor of this project. In 1820 he married
and would later have one daughter and two sons. In 1848 he became director of the
observatory. On september 26, 1868, mobius died. One of the great mathematicians had
passed.

Möbius made many contributions to the world of mathematics. The Möbius strip, Möbius net,
Möbius function, and Mobius inversion formula. He also wrote a paper entitled Uber eine
besondere Art von Umkehrung der Reihen, which introduced the Möbius function. Möbius also
focused on analytical geometry and was considered a pioneer in topology. He also wrote
important papers contributing to theoretical astronomy. These papers included The
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