Tullio Levi-Civita


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Levi-Civita, Tullio

 

Born Mar. 29, 1873, in Padua; died Dec. 29, 1941, in Rome. Italian mathematician and specialist in mechanics.

Levi-Civita was a professor at universities in Padua (1898–1918) and Rome (1918–38). He systematized tensor analysis in 1901 together with the Italian mathematician G. Ricci-Curbastro. Levi-Civita was the first to pose and solve the problem of “regularizing” the limited three-body problem. He was the author of a number of works on celestial mechanics, hydrodynamics, and the theory of differential equations. He substantiated mathematically the theory of adiabatic invariants introduced by A. Einstein.

REFERENCES

Hodge, W. V. D. “Tullio Levi-Civita.” The Journal of the London Mathematical Society, 1943, vol. 18, no. 70, p. 107.
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