The British mathematical physicist George Green was notable for
being almost entirely self-educated (having only one year of formal
schooling, between the ages of eight and nine). His family owned a
mill near Nottingham, and most of his time was spent running the
equipment, but alongside this, he managed to write *An Essay on
the Application of Mathematical Analysis to the Theories of
Electricity and Magnetism*. This proved a theorem which has
since become known as Green's theorem, a problem of geometry which
codifies the relationship between a curve in a plane and the region
within it. After his father's death the following year, he managed
to undertake studies of his own, becoming a student at Cambridge.
Once he was elected a …

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Editors. "Green’s theorem proven".
*The Literary Encyclopedia*. First published 30 August 2013

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