From servant to queen : a journey through Victorian Mathematics / John Heard
- Heard, John (John Michael)
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (267 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Setting the scene -- The legacy of Newton -- The London Mathematical Society -- The pure mathematician as hero -- Mathematicians in an aethereal world -- Apologias for pure mathematicians -- Embracing beauty -- Epilogue.
- With a few notable exceptions, pure mathematics in Britain at the beginning of the nineteenth century was mainly a recreation for amateurs. Drawing on primary sources, John Heard provides an engaging account of the process by which it rose to become an academic discipline of repute which by the First World War was led by G. H. Hardy, and supported by the internationally-respected London Mathematical Society. In chronicling that rise, this book describes key contributions and the social environment in which mathematicians operated, using contemporary commentary where appropriate. No mathematical knowledge is required, and readers with a wide range of interests and backgrounds will find much to enjoy here. The material is presented from an impartial point of view, and provides full references to help any researchers who want to dig deeper into the original sources. The result is a unique insight into the world of Victorian mathematics and science.
- 9781316415726 (ebook) and 9781107124134 (hardback)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 22 Mar 2019).
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