Euler, the historical perspective

Eberhard Knobloch, Berlin University of Technology and Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The lecture will give a survey of Leonhard Euler's life and scientific interests with a special emphasis on his sojourn in Berlin (1741-1766). The second part of this lecture will deal with Euler's less known contributions to mathematical astronomy that is to celestial mechanics. Euler (not Lagrange) found the first solution of a simplified case of the restricted three body problem and the first particular solution of the three body problem (the collinear case).

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