Oxford Figures: Eight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences

Hardcover | October 26, 2013

EditorJohn Fauvel, Raymond Flood, Robin Wilson

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This is the story of the intellectual and social life of a community, and of its interactions with the wider world. For eight centuries mathematics has been researched and studied at Oxford, and the subject and its teaching have undergone profound changes during that time. This highly readableand beautifully illustrated book reveals the richness and influence of Oxford's mathematical tradition and the fascinating characters that 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 Civil War, and the Newtonian revolution all had a great influence on the development of mathematicsat Oxford. So too did many well-known figures: Roger Bacon, Henry Savile, Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren, Edmond Halley, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), and G. H. Hardy, to name but a few. Later chapters bring us to the 20th century, with some entertaining reminiscences by SirMichael Atiyah of the thirty years he spent as an Oxford mathematician.In this second edition the story is brought right up to the opening of the new Mathematical Institute in 2013 with a foreword from Marcus du Sautoy and recent developments from Peter M. Neumann.

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This is the story of the intellectual and social life of a community, and of its interactions with the wider world. For eight centuries mathematics has been researched and studied at Oxford, and the subject and its teaching have undergone profound changes during that time. This highly readableand beautifully illustrated book reveals th...

John Fauvel was a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University and a former President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. A major figure in the international history of mathematics, he was particularly involved with relationships between the history and pedagogy of mathematics. He died in 2001. Raymond Flo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:October 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019968197X

ISBN - 13:9780199681976

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Marcus du Sautoy: Foreword to Second EditionI. M. James: Foreword to First EditionJohn Fauvel: Introduction: Eight centuries of mathematical traditionsPart I: EARLY DAYS1. John North: Medieval Oxford2. John Fauvel and Robert Goulding: Renaissance Oxford3. Willem Hackmann: Mathematical instrumentsPart II: THE 17th CENTURY4. Allan Chapman: The first professors5. Raymond Flood: John Wallis6. Allan Chapman: Edmond HalleyPart III: THE 18th CENTURY7. Allan Chapman: Oxford's Newtonian school8. John Fauvel: Georgian Oxford9. Allan Chapman: Thomas Hornsby and the Radcliffe ObservatoryPart IV: THE VICTORIAN ERA10. Keith Hannabuss: The 19th century11. Keith Hannabuss: Henry Smith12. Robin Wilson: Charles Dodgson13. John Fauvel: James Joseph SylvesterPart V: THE MODERN ERA14. Margaret E. Rayner: The 20th century15. Sir Michael Atiyah: Some personal reminiscencesPeter M. Neumann: Epilogue: Recent developments

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"The book successfully combines good scholarship with attractive general presentation" --Zentralblatt Mathematik