William Kingdon Clifford

1845 - 1879

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William Clifford studied non-euclidean geometry arguing that energy and matter are simply different types of curvature of space. He introduced what is now called a Clifford algebra which generalises Grassmann's exterior algebra.
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List of References (28 books/articles)

Some Quotations (3)

A Poster of William Clifford

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Introduction to Clifford's Lectures and Essays
  2. Karl Pearson's Introduction to William Clifford's Common Sense
  3. William Clifford's books
  4. William Kingdon Clifford and the eclipse of 1870
  5. Obituary: The Times

Honours awarded to William Clifford
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Fellow of the Royal Society1874


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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. M and R Chisholm

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