By Peter Schickele
What little-known son of a well-known genius has been called:
"A musical blight"
"A one-man plague"
"History's such a lot justifiably ignored composer"
"The worst musician ever to trod organ pedals"
"A pimple at the face of music"
In this long-awaited hoax, probably the main unimportant piece of scholarship in over thousand years, Professor Peter Schickele has eventually succeeded in ripping the veil of obscurity from the main strange -- to place it kindly -- composer within the background of track: P.D.Q. Bach, the final and definitely the least of the good Johann Sebastian Bach's many young children.
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2. It presents a completely new approach to the theory of nonlinear second-order differential equations. It gives a classification of singular points, the index theorem for closed curves, the idea of “consequents,” or the Poincar´e map for plane systems, and the basic ideas of the Poincar´e–Bendixson theorem for limit cycles. It is now part of the general theory of ordinary differential equations, a topic on which Poincar´e would publish a great deal in the years to follow. The dissertation can therefore not be separated from the memoir [Poincar´e 1881] on the global qualitative and quantitative analysis of differential equations in the plane.
Poincar´e, 3. Petitdidier. The talented students Bonnefoy and Petididier would die young in mining accidents. Henri’s difficulties with Mannheim had a sequel—or better, a settling of accounts, one might say. Following the death of Laguerre in 1886, a new member of the Acad´emie des Sciences was elected the next year. Both Poincar´e and Mannheim were on the list of nominees. Poincar´e, 32 years old, was elected with 34 votes, while Mannheim, who could look back on a long and productive career in geometry, received 24 votes.
1007/978-1-4614-2407-9 2, © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012 19 20 2 Academic Education: 1873–1879 Fig. 1 A slightly bewildered-looking Henri Poincar´e in the uniform of the ´ Ecole Polytechnique Henri found some of the lectures interesting, in particular those of Hermite in analysis. In that year, his other professors were R´esal (mechanics), Mannheim (geometry), Faye (astronomy), Cornu (physics), Fr´emy (chemistry), and Zeller (history and literature). Outside of lectures, the students were supervised in their studies by Bonnet and other lecturers, including Halphen.
Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach by Peter Schickele