Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences Robin J. Wilson

ISBN: 9780198523093

Published: February 10th 2000

Hardcover

296 pages


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Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences  by  Robin J. Wilson

Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences by Robin J. Wilson
February 10th 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 296 pages | ISBN: 9780198523093 | 3.60 Mb

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 changesMoreThis 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 history reveals the richness and influence of Oxfords mathematical tradition and the fascinating characters who helped to shape it. It 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 20th century, and the book ends with reminiscences by Sir Michael Atiyah of the 30 years he spent as an Oxford mathematician.



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