William Burnside

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Burnside, William


Born July 2, 1852, in London; died Aug. 21, 1927, in West-Wickham. English mathematician and algebraist. Member of the Royal London Society; professor (from 1885) at the Naval College in Greenwich.

Burnside is well known for his work on group theory and the theory of representations and types of groups. He pointed out the criterion of discontinuous functions of finite groups. In addition, he carried out some work in probability theory, automorphous functions, the theory of waves in liquids, and so on.


Theory of Groups of Finite Order, 2nd ed. Cambridge, 1911.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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