By Daniel S. Alexander

In overdue 1917 Pierre Fatou and Gaston Julia every one introduced a number of effects concerning the new release ofrational features of a unmarried advanced variable within the Comptes rendus of the French Academy of Sciences. those short notes have been the end of an iceberg. In 1918 Julia released a protracted and engaging treatise at the topic, which used to be in 1919 through an both notable learn, the 1st instalIment of a 3 half memoir through Fatou. jointly those works shape the bedrock of the modern research of complicated dynamics. This e-book had its genesis in a question placed to me by way of Paul Blanchard. Why did Fatou and Julia choose to learn generation? because it seems there's a extremely simple resolution. In 1915 the French Academy of Sciences introduced that it's going to award its 1918 Grand Prix des Sciences mathematiques for the research of generation. in spite of the fact that, like many easy solutions, this one does not get on the complete fact, and, in reality, leaves us with one other both attention-grabbing query. Why did the Academy provide one of these prize? This examine makes an attempt to respond to that final query, and the reply i discovered used to be no longer the most obvious one who got here to brain, specifically, that the Academy's curiosity in new release was once caused via Henri Poincare's use of new release in his experiences of celestial mechanics.

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Uniform convergence also animated many of the counter examples Darboux provided. For instance, one of the most interesting examples from [1875] is that of a continuous real function g( x) which is nowhere differentiable. Darboux proved the continuity of g( x) by showing that it is the sum of a uniformly convergent series of continuous functions. In comparison with the situation in Germany and Italy, the French were late in developing a rigorous approach to analysis. 2. KOENIGS AND DARBOUX 39 in this direction were largely ignored for quite some time.

A fixed point is thus aperiod 1 point. A periodic orbit is the set {zo, ... p(z) or a fixed inverse. 42 CHAPTER 3. GABRIEL KOENIGS Since period p points of ljJ(z) are fixed points of tj>P(z), any theorem regarding a fixed point of ljJ(z) also applies to periodic points via the function tj>P(z), and Koenigs therefore reduced the study of periodic points of 1jJ( z) to the study of the fixed points of tj>P(z). Although Schröder examined periodic points in specific instances, for example, in his investigation of the Newton's method function for the quadratic, they played a significant role neither in his work nor in that of Farkas or Korkine, and Koenigs was the first to treat such points systematically.

Weierstrass proved it initially, however, in the manuscript (1841) which went unpublished until the 1890's. That neither Koenigs nor Appell, who used Koenigs' two theorems in his paper [1891:285), realized that these theorems could be condensed into one is indicative of the lack of communication between French and German mathematicians. It may also reflect a lack of emphasis on complex function theory within the French mathematical community of the time. 3 CHAPTER 3. GABRIEL KOENIGS The Background to Koenigs' Study of Iteration In his introductions to both [1884] and [1885] Koenigs discussed his work in the context of his predecessors.