Carlo Cercignani

Carlo Cercignani (17 June 1939 in Teulada 7 January 2010 in Milan) was an Italian mathematician known for his work on the kinetic theory of gases. His contributions to the study of Boltzmann's equation include the proof of the H-theorem for polyatomic gases.[1][2][3] The Cercignani conjecture is named after him.[4]

He is the author of several monographs and more than 300 papers in kinetic theory, as well as of a biography of Boltzmann. Cercignani was member of the French Academy of Sciences[5] and of the Accademia dei Lincei. He received the Humboldt Prize in 1994.[1]

Selected publications

Kinetic theory

  • Cercignani, C. (2000). Rarefied gas dynamics. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521659925. MR 1307620.
  • Cercignani, C.; Illner, R.; Pulvirenti, M. (1994). The mathematical theory of dilute gases. Applied Mathematical Sciences. 106. New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-94294-7.
  • Cercignani, C. (1988). The Boltzmann equation and its applications. Applied Mathematical Sciences. 67. New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-96637-4. MR 1313028.
  • Cercignani, C. (1990). Mathematical methods in kinetic theory (2nd ed.). New York: Plenum Press. ISBN 0-306-43460-1. MR 1069558.

History of science


  1. Sone, Y. (2011). "A Tribute to Carlo Cercignani (1939–2010)". Phys. Fluids. 23 (3). doi:10.1063/1.3558864.
  2. Frosali, G. "Carlo Cercignani: In memoriam". Nuovo Cimento C. 033 (01): 1–2. doi:10.1393/ncc/i2010-10588-x.
  3. Villani, Cédric (2006). "Introduction for Carlo's special issue". J. Stat. Phys. 124 (2–4): 271–273. doi:10.1007/s10955-006-9118-7. MR 2264609.
  4. Desvillettes, L.; Mouhot, C,; Villani, C. (2011). "Celebrating Cercignani's conjecture for the Boltzmann equation". Kinet. Relat. Models. 4 (1): 277–294. arXiv:1009.4006. MR 2765747.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. French Academy of Sciences necrology Archived May 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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