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Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences

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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 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 ofthe 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 mathematicsat 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.

Condition: Dust jacket slightly marked and shelf worn. Crisp, clean pages and tight binding.

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Author(s):
Fauvel, John. Flood, Raymond. Wilson, Robin. (Eds)
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
4to
Edition:
2000
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0198523092
ISBN-13:
9780198523093
Number of pages:
296
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences

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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 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 ofthe 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 mathematicsat 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.

Condition: Dust jacket slightly marked and shelf worn. Crisp, clean pages and tight binding.

Author(s):
Fauvel, John. Flood, Raymond. Wilson, Robin. (Eds)
Condition:
Fine
Dimensions:
4to
Edition:
2000
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0198523092
ISBN-13:
9780198523093
Number of pages:
296
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Title:
Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences

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