Christian Wiener

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Christian Wiener
Born (1826-12-07)7 December 1826
Died 31 July 1896(1896-07-31) (aged 69)
Nationality German
Alma mater University of Giessen
Known for Brownian motion
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Ludwig Christian Wiener (7 December 1826 Darmstadt – 31 July 1896 Karlsruhe) was a German mathematician who specialized in descriptive geometry. Wiener was also a physicist and philosopher. In 1863, he was the first person to identify qualitatively the internal molecular cause of Brownian motion.

Selected publications

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  • Lehrbuch der darstellenden Geometrie, 2 Bände, Teubner, Leipzig 1884, 1887, online at [1], [2]
  • Die ersten Sätze der Erkenntniß, insbesondere das Gesetz der Ursächlichkeit und die Wirklichkeit der Außenwelt, Berlin, Lüderitz 1874
  • Die Freiheit des Willens, Darmstadt, Brill 1894
  • Die Grundzüge der Weltordnung, Leipzig, Winter 1863, [3]
  • Über Vielecke und Vielflache, Teubner 1864


  • Thompson, D W., 1992. On Growth and Form. Cambridge Univ. Press. Abridged edition by John Tyler Bonner, p. 45. ISBN 0-521-43776-8, ISBN 978-0-521-43776-9.Online in Google Books
  • O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Christian Wiener", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  • Otto Wiener, "Christian Wiener zum 100. Geburtstag", Naturwissenschaften Bd.15, 1927, Issue 4.
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