Topic #19 --------------- OP-SF NET ---------------- November 15, 1996 ~~~~~~~~~ From: Richard Askey Subject: The Collected Works of Lars Onsager "The Collected Works of Lars Onsager", editors P.C. Hemmer, H. Holden and S. Kjelstrup Ratkje, World Scientific, Singapore, New Jersey, London and Hong Kong, 1996. Onsager's unpublished Ph.D. thesis is printed here. The title is "Solutions of the Mathieu equation of period 4 pi and certain related functions". The biographical memoir on Onsager by C. Longuet-Higgins and M. Fisher is fascinating. Before he started, at 17, to study chemical engineering at Norges Tekniske Hoiskole in Trondheim, Onsager had bought a copy of Whittaker and Watson's "Modern Analysis" and worked through most of the problems. It remained a favorite of his, and the elliptic functions he learn there were used in his solution of the two dimensional Ising model. Further information on Onsager and many very interesting stories were also given in J. Statistical Physics, vol 78 (1995), no. 1-2.