By David Hestenes (auth.), J. S. R. Chisholm, A. K. Common (eds.)
William Kingdon Clifford released the paper defining his "geometric algebras" in 1878, the 12 months sooner than his dying. Clifford algebra is a generalisation to n-dimensional house of quaternions, which Hamilton used to symbolize scalars and vectors in actual three-space: it's also a improvement of Grassmann's algebra, incorporating within the primary kinfolk internal items outlined when it comes to the metric of the distance. it's a unusual incontrovertible fact that the Gibbs Heaviside vector recommendations got here to dominate in clinical and technical literature, whereas quaternions and Clifford algebras, the genuine associative algebras of inner-product areas, have been seemed for almost a century easily as attention-grabbing mathematical curiosities. in this interval, Pauli, Dirac and Majorana used the algebras which undergo their names to explain homes of straightforward debris, their spin particularly. it sort of feels most likely that none of those eminent mathematical physicists realised that they have been utilizing Clifford algebras. a couple of study staff akin to Fueter realised the facility of this algebraic scheme, however the topic merely started to be liked extra largely after the ebook of Chevalley's booklet, 'The Algebraic thought of Spinors' in 1954, and of Marcel Riesz' Maryland Lectures in 1959. many of the individuals to this quantity, Georges Deschamps, Erik Folke Bolinder, Albert Crumeyrolle and David Hestenes have been operating during this box round that point, and of their flip have persuaded others of the significance of the subject.
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Clifford Algebras and Their Applications in Mathematical Physics by David Hestenes (auth.), J. S. R. Chisholm, A. K. Common (eds.)