Acta Mathematica


Acta Mathematica is a peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal covering research in all fields of mathematics.

Acta Mathematica
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LanguageEnglish, French, German
Edited byTobias Ekholm
Publication details
International Press on behalf of Mittag-Leffler Institute
4.273 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Acta Math.
ISSN0001-5962 (print)
1871-2509 (web)
OCLC no.01460915
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According to Cédric Villani, this journal is "considered by many to be the most prestigious of all mathematical research journals".[1]

Publication historyEdit

The journal was established by Gösta Mittag-Leffler in 1882 and is published by Institut Mittag-Leffler, a research institute for mathematics belonging to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The journal was printed and distributed by Springer from 2006 to 2016. Since 2017, Acta Mathematica has been published electronically and in print by International Press. Its electronic version is open access without publishing fees.

Poincaré episodeEdit

The journal's "most famous episode" (according to Villani[1]) concerns Henri Poincaré, who won a prize offered in 1887 by Oscar II of Sweden for the best mathematical work concerning the stability of the Solar System by purporting to prove the stability of a special case of the three-body problem. This episode was rediscovered in the 1990s by Daniel Goroff, in his preface to the English translation of "Les méthodes nouvelles de la mécanique céleste"[2] by June Barrow-Green and K.G. Andersson.[3][4] The prized or lauded paper was to be published in Acta Mathematica, but after the issue containing the paper was printed, Poincaré found an error that invalidated his proof. He paid more than the prize money to destroy the print run and reprint the issue without his paper, and instead published a corrected paper a year later in the same journal that demonstrated that the system could be unstable. This paper later became one of the foundational works of chaos theory.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Cédric Villani (2015), Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, pp. 193–196.
  2. ^ Daniel L. Goroff (1993), Introduction to the English translation of "Les méthodes nouvelles de la mécanique céleste", American Institute of Physics.
  3. ^ June Barrow-Green (1994), "Oscar II's prize competition and the error in Poincaré's memoir on the three body problem", Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 48 (2): 107–131, Bibcode:1994AHES...48..107B, doi:10.1007/bf00374436, S2CID 120897355
  4. ^ K. G. Andersson (1994), "Poincaré's discovery of homoclinic points", Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 48 (2): 133–147, Bibcode:1994AHES...48..133A, doi:10.1007/bf00374437, S2CID 122609741.

External linksEdit

  • Official website