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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 16 (1993), Issue 4, Pages 625-644

S. N. Bose (1894-1974) and the Bose quantum statistics a centennial tribute

Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando 32816, FL, USA

Received 10 May 1993

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This centennial tribute commemorates Bose the Man and Bose the Scientist. A survey of S.N. Bose's life and career is presented in some detail. His major scientific contributions including the discovery of Bose statistics and the novel derivation of the Planck black body radiation formula are described.