George David Birkhoff, 1884-1944


The first dynamicist in the New World, Birkhoff picked up where Poincare left off. Although a geometer at heart, he discovered new symbolic methods. He saw beyond the theory of oscillations, created a rigorous theory of ergodic behavior, and foresaw dynamical models for chaos.






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The Exploratorium, 1996

George David Birkhoff

George David Birkhoff, 1884-1944


The first dynamicist in the New World, Birkhoff picked up where Poincare left off. Although a geometer at heart, he discovered new symbolic methods. He saw beyond the theory of oscillations, created a rigorous theory of ergodic behavior, and foresaw dynamical models for chaos.






Exhibits || Lexicon || Timeline

The Exploratorium, 1996