statesman, marshal (B. 1832, Vidin – D.
Hüseyin Tevfik Pasha was one of the members of the historical society named Rhode Island Historical Society. He submitted to one of the scientific meetings of this society a manifesto that was given as "Some Facts on Mohammedanism" in English. It is understood by this manifesto that Pasha also gave answers to the writings against Turks and Islam, in which Turks were accused of marrying more than one woman and of safeguarding the slavery, and which were on the local newspaper Providence Daily Journal copy dated February 7, 1878.
Tevfik Pasha was also one of the members of Mathematical Society of France. It was stated in the 16th volume of the bulletins that were published by this society that “General, Aide-de-camp of Sultan, Artillery Lieutenant General” Vidinli Hüseyin Tevfik Pasha was one of the two Turks among the members, and the other one was a person named İbrahim Efendi who became a member in the same year.
duty of Hüseyin Tevfik Pasha, who was on duty abroad several times, in America lasted
seven years from 1872-73 to 1878-79 with interruptions. He took on a highly
important task in this period that will be the basis of his appointment to
After he came back to
his homeland, he was appointed as the Head of Assembly of Tophane, as Minister
of Finance in 1880, after several months he was appointed as the Member of
Commission of Public Works, and as Minister Plenipotentiary to
Linear Algebra that was written in English is the most
famous work of Vidinli Hüseyin Tevfik Pasha, who was known as an outspoken, direct,
and honest person and who was amongst the most famous mathematicians of his period.
This work, one copy of which was found by Professor of geological engineer A.
M. Celal Şengör in 1985 in
In his work "Linear Algebra", Vidinli Hüseyin Tevfik Pasha tried to build a “hyper complex” number system on real number object, which shares the similar characteristics with complex number object and also constitutes of three dimensional algebra. His desire to repeat the splendid application in the three dimensional Euclidean geometry of “pure quaternion”s which are a three dimensional vector subspace of “quaternion”s that belong to a four dimensional algebra is behind this attempt.
Also, our yet another worldwide known mathematician Cahit Arf wrote a review about “Linear Algebra”.
Usulü Cebir, Cebr-i Âlâ, Makine, Cebr-i Hattî (1882, extended 2nd
edition in 1892; Linear Algebra), Memâlik-i Osmaniye ve İslâmiye (Translation of his speech that he
gave in French language in a historical society while he was in
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