A member of the Academy of
Sciences of the USSR. The founder of the Mathematical Institute of the Academy of Sciences
of the USSR (at present V. A. Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of
Sciences). A prominent mathematician and mechanical engineer.
He taught mechanics in Kharkov Technological
Institute from 1893 to 1906. During his Kharkov stage Steklov developed his exceptional
pedagogical talent. There is one extant lithograph course of his lectures on
"Theoretical Mechanics" where apart from beautifully expounded mechanics theory,
we also find some additional material on mathematics which was at that time outside the
officially accepted curriculum, but absolutely necessary for a deep study of mechanical
processes - the elements of vector algebra and vector analysis, some topics on curvilinear
integrals etc. |