Oxford Figures: Eight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences, 2 edition by John Fauvel & Raymond Flood
English | 2013 | ISBN: 019968197X | 352 pages | PDF | 20,5 MB
This is the story of the intellectual & social life of a community, & of its interactions with the wider world. For eight centuries mathematics has been researched & studied at Oxford, & the subject & its teaching have undergone profound changes during that time. This highly readable & beautifully illustrated book reveals the richness & influence of Oxford's mathematical tradition & the fascinating characters that helped to shape it.
The story begins with the founding of the University of Oxford & the establishing of the medieval curriculum, in which mathematics had an important role. The Black Death, the advent of printing, the Civil War, & 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), & 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 & recent developments from Peter M. Neumann.