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From Newton to Hawking : A History of Cambridge University's Lucasian Professors of Mathematics - Kevin C. Knox

From Newton to Hawking

A History of Cambridge University's Lucasian Professors of Mathematics

By: Kevin C. Knox (Editor), Richard Noakes (Editor), Stephen W. Hawking (Foreword by)

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Published: 31st January 2005
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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.

'... a book that can be enjoyed by all interested in the history of science.' Scientific and Medical Network Review '... the volume is striking for both its narrative and its original research.' Nature '... a magnificent history of mathematics and physics ...' New Scientist 'By revealing failures and foibles rather than telling conventional stories of truth and triumph, this book provides a multifaceted view of the past that places human beings centre-stage in science's history ... these writers convincingly illustrate how even science's greatest heroes are idiosyncratic individuals enmeshed in a wide network of activists and interests ... surprised and fascinated by the intricate cultural tapestry woven here.' Notes of Records of the Royal Society

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Foreword Stephen Hawking
Preface
Timeline of the Lucasian professorship
Introduction: 'Mind almost divine'
Isaac Barrow and the foundation of the Lucasian professorship
'Very accomplished mathematician, philosopher, chemist': Newton as Lucasian professor
Making Newton easy: William Whiston in Cambridge and London
Sensible Newtonians: Nicholas Saunderson and John Colson
The negative side of nothing: Edward Waring, Isaac Milner and Newtonian values
Paper and brass: the Lucasian professorship 1820-39
Arbiters of Victorian science: George Gabriel Stokes and Joshua King
'That universal aethereal plenum': Joseph Larmor's natural history of physics
Paul Dirac: the purest soul in an atomic age
Is the end in sight for the Lucasian chair? Stephen Hawking as Millennium Professor
Appendix. The statutes of the Lucasian professorship: a translation
Index
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ISBN: 9780521663106
ISBN-10: 0521663105
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 516
Published: 31st January 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.9