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Polya's Geometric Picture of Complex Contour Integrals

by Bart Braden

Award: Carl B. Allendoerfer

Year of Award: 1988

Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 60 (1987), pp. 321-327

Summary: The paper, part of an issue dedicated to George Polya, describes a method of visualizing a complex integral as the flux and flow of a vector field.

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About the Author: Bart Braden studied mathematics and languages at Washington State University, as an undergraduate. After an encounter with abstract 20th-century mathematics in graduate school at Yale and Oregon, which culminated in a doctoral thesis on representations of Lie algebras, he gradually returned to the more concrete parts of classical undergraduate mathematics. He is retired from Northern Kentucky University.


Subject classification(s): Analysis | Complex Analysis | Integral Transforms
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2007