nLab Augustin-Louis Cauchy

Augustin-Louis Cauchy was a pioneer in analysis and group theory. He wrote an influential 1821 textbook, Cours d'Analyse.

Cauchy described the basic concepts of differential and integral calculus in terms of limits. His conception of limits was based on infinitesimal variables, which do not appear as such in modern mathematics, although they have been variously identified with sequences (that converge to zero), ultrafilters (that converge to zero), hyperpoints (in the infinitesimal neighbourhood of zero) in the sense of nonstandard analysis, etc. (His infinitesimals were not nilpotent.)

Cauchy's student Karl Weierstrass defined limits in terms of Richard Dedekind's static conceptions of real numbers and functions, thereby creating modern analysis.

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