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9780198523093

Oxford Figures 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences

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    9780198523093

  • ISBN10:

    0198523092

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-02-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

This is the story of the intellectual and social life of a community, and of its interactions with the wider world. For 800 years mathematics has been researched and studied at Oxford, and the subject and its teaching have undergone profound changes during that time. This highly readable and beautifully illustrated book reveals the richness and influence of Oxford's mathematical tradition and the fascinating characters who helped to shape it. The story begins with the founding of the university of Oxford and the establishing of the medieval curriculum, in which mathematics had an important role. The Black Death, the advent of printing, the founding of the university of Cambridge, and the Newtonian revolution all had a great influence on the later development of mathematics at Oxford. So too did many well-known figures: Robert Boyle, Christopher Wren, Edmond Halley, Benjamin Jowett, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, G. H. Hardy, to name but a few. Later chapters bring us to the twentieth century, and the book ends with some entertaining reminiscences by Sir Michael Atiyah of the thirty years he spent as an Oxford mathematician.

Table of Contents

800 years of mathematical traditions
1(28)
John Fauvel
Medieval Oxford
29(12)
John North
Renaissance Oxford
41(22)
John Fauvel
Robert Goulding
Mathematical instruments
63(14)
Willem Hackmann
The mid-seventeenth century
77(20)
Allan Chapman
John Wallis
97(20)
Raymond Flood
John Fauvel
Edmond Halley
117(20)
Allan Chapman
Oxford's Newtonian school
137(14)
Allan Chapman
Georgian Oxford
151(18)
John Fauvel
Thomas Hornsby and the Radcliffe Observatory
169(18)
Allan Chapman
The mid-nineteenth century
187(16)
Keith Hannabuss
Henry Smith
203(16)
Keith Hannabuss
James Joseph Sylvester
219(22)
John Fauvel
The twentieth century
241(16)
Margaret E. Rayner
Some personal reminiscences
257(11)
Sir Michael Atiyah
Appendix: Oxford's mathematical Chairs 268(2)
Notes on contributors 270(2)
References 272(17)
Acknowledgements 289(2)
Index of names 291

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