Fourier is a mathematical poem. Votes: 4

[Referring to Fourier's mathematical theory of the conduction of heat] ... Fourier's great mathematical poem ... Votes: 4

A clever graduate student could teach Fourier something new, but surely no one claims that he could teach Archimedes to reason better. Votes: 4

Educated men - "civilized," as Fourier used to say with disdain - tremble at the idea that society might some day be without judges, police, or gaolers. Votes: 4

For Dostoevsky, Fourier is one of the industrious ant-hill engineers, busy, protected by the delusion that his goal, the will-ordered society, is the summation of all his desires. Votes: 4

Fourier's theorem is not only one of the most beautiful results of modern analysis, but it may be said to furnish an indispensable instrument in the treatment of nearly every recondite question in modern physics. Votes: 4

Fourier's theorem has all the simplicity and yet more power than other familiar explanations in science. Stated simply, any complex pattern, whether in time or space, can be described as a series of overlapping sine waves of multiple frequencies and various amplitudes. Votes: 4

True greatness is when your name is like ampere, watt, and fourier-when it's spelled with a lower case letter. Votes: 2

The whole aspect of the universe changes with this new conception. The idea of force governing the world, of pre-established law, preconceived harmony, disappears to make room for the harmony that Fourier had caught a glimpse of: the one which results from the disorderly and incoherent movements of numberless hosts of matter, each of which goes its own way and all of which hold each other in equilibrium. Votes: 2