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From Newton to Hawking

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From Newton to Hawking

From Newton to Hawking
by Kevin C. Knox (Editor), Richard Noakes (Editor), Stephen W. Hawking (Foreword)
Cambridge University Press | December 2003 | ISBN-10: 0521663105 | PDF | 516 pages | 16 MB

This social history of mathematics and physics tells the story of Cambridge University's mathematical physicists. The University's Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics is one of the world's most celebrated academic positions. Since its foundation in 1663, the chair has been held by seventeen men who represent some of the most influential minds in science and technology. This informative work offers new perspectives on such world-famous scientists as Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, Paul Dirac, and Stephen Hawking.
List of illustrations
List of contributors
Foreword Stephen Hawking
Timeline of the Lucasian professorship
Introduction: 'Mind almost divine' Kevin C. Knox and Richard Noakes
1. Isaac Barrow and the foundation of the Lucasian professorship Mordechai Feingold
2. 'Very accomplished mathematician, philosopher, chemist': Newton as Lucasian professor Rob Iliffe
3. Making Newton easy: William Whiston in Cambridge and London Stephen D. Snobelen and Larry Stewart
4. Sensible Newtonians: Nicholas Saunderson and John Colson John Gascoigne
5. The negative side of nothing: Edward Waring, Isaac Milner and Newtonian values Kevin C. Knox
6. Paper and brass: the Lucasian professorship 1820–39 Simon Schaffer
7. Arbiters of Victorian science: George Gabriel Stokes and Joshua King David B. Wilson
8. 'That universal æthereal plenum': Joseph Larmor's natural history of physics Andrew Warwick
9. Paul Dirac: the purest soul in an atomic age Helge Kragh
10. Is the end in sight for the Lucasian chair? Stephen Hawking as Millennium Professor Hélène Mialet
Appendix. The statutes of the Lucasian professorship: a translation Ian Stewart
From Newton to Hawking

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