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Oxford Figures

Eight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences

Raymond (Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London and Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford) Flood & Robin (Robin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, and a former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford) Wilson & John (Former Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University and a former President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics) Fauvel

Oxford Figures

Oxford Figures

Eight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Figures

 

Revealing the richness and influence of Oxford's mathematical tradition and the fascinating characters that have helped to shape it for over 800 years, this second edition brings the story right up to the opening of the new Oxford Mathematical Institute in 2013, with a foreword from Marcus du Sautoy and recent developments from Peter M.


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Beschrijving Oxford Figures

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 readable and 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 mathematics at 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 Sir Michael 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.


ISBN
9780199681976
Pagina's
416
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NUR
910
Druk
2
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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