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MGF 1107 – EXPLORATIONS IN MATHEMATICS LECTURE 19 Arthur Cayley The mathematician whose work most closely paralleled, and then advanced, the theories of Hamilton was Arthur Cayley (1821-1895), who as a young man traveled from London to Dublin to listen to Hamilton lecture. Cayley’s ability as a polymath was evident in high school, and he was the leading mathematics student in his graduating class at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1842. He then trained to be a lawyer, and remained in the legal profession for the next twenty years. However he published over 200 papers in mathematics during this time, a remarkable number for an amateur, and was an accomplished artist, as well as an expert in botany and architecture. He also found time to read thousands of works of literature, in many different languages, and scaled the high peaks of Europe to mimic the feeling of exhilaration that occurred when he solved a challenging problem in mathematics. Cayley's interest in graph theory goes back to the 1850’s. It was
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2011 for the course MAC 2311 taught by Professor Evinson during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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