Oxford Figures: Eight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences John Fauvel

ISBN: 9780199681976

Published: December 1st 2013

Hardcover

406 pages


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Oxford Figures: Eight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences  by  John Fauvel

Oxford Figures: Eight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences by John Fauvel
December 1st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 406 pages | ISBN: 9780199681976 | 3.23 Mb

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 profoundMoreThis 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 Oxfords 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.



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