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Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum?

Year of Award: 1968

Award: Chauvenet Prize, and also the Lester Ford Award in 1967

Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 73 (1966), pp. 1-23

Summary: The author shows how much about the shape of a drum can be inferred from the knowledge of all the eigenvalues and emphasizes the connections between this problem and various parts of mathematics and physics.

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About the Author: (from The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 73 (1966)) Mark Kac was at Rockefeller University at the time of publication.

 

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Mark Kac (Rockefeller University)
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The author shows how much about the shape of a drum can be inferred from the knowledge of all the eigenvalues and emphasizes the connections between this problem and various parts of mathematics and physics.

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