*John Fauvel*

- Published in print:
- 2013
- Published Online:
- January 2014
- ISBN:
- 9780199681976
- eISBN:
- 9780191761737
- Item type:
- chapter

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.003.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

In this introductory chapter we survey various traditions in the 800-year-old story of mathematics at Oxford University. These traditions include the medieval heritage, studies of logic, mathematical ...
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In this introductory chapter we survey various traditions in the 800-year-old story of mathematics at Oxford University. These traditions include the medieval heritage, studies of logic, mathematical instruments, the antiquarian tradition, historical and mathematical research, mathematical printing, popularization, the literary tradition, examinations, and the rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge.Less

In this introductory chapter we survey various traditions in the 800-year-old story of mathematics at Oxford University. These traditions include the medieval heritage, studies of logic, mathematical instruments, the antiquarian tradition, historical and mathematical research, mathematical printing, popularization, the literary tradition, examinations, and the rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge.

*John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, and Robin Wilson (eds)*

- Published in print:
- 2013
- Published Online:
- January 2014
- ISBN:
- 9780199681976
- eISBN:
- 9780191761737
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.001.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, History of Mathematics

For eight centuries mathematics has been researched and studied at Oxford, and the subject and its teaching have undergone profound changes during that time. This is the story of the intellectual and ...
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For eight centuries mathematics has been researched and studied at Oxford, and the subject and its teaching have undergone profound changes during that time. This is the story of the intellectual and social life of this community, and of its interactions with the wider world. This highly readable and beautifully illustrated book reveals the richness and influence of Oxford’s mathematical tradition and the fascinating characters that helped to shape it. The story begins with the founding of the 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 Civil War, and 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), and 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 and recent developments from Peter M. Neumann.Less

For eight centuries mathematics has been researched and studied at Oxford, and the subject and its teaching have undergone profound changes during that time. This is the story of the intellectual and social life of this community, and of its interactions with the wider world. This highly readable and beautifully illustrated book reveals the richness and influence of Oxford’s mathematical tradition and the fascinating characters that helped to shape it. The story begins with the founding of the 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 Civil War, and 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), and 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 and recent developments from Peter M. Neumann.

*Robin Wilson and John J. Watkins (eds)*

- Published in print:
- 2013
- Published Online:
- September 2013
- ISBN:
- 9780199656592
- eISBN:
- 9780191748059
- Item type:
- book

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
- DOI:
- 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656592.001.0001
- Subject:
- Mathematics, Combinatorics / Graph Theory / Discrete Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The history of mathematics is a well-studied and vibrant area of research, with books and scholarly articles published on various aspects of the subject. Yet, the history of combinatorics seems to ...
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The history of mathematics is a well-studied and vibrant area of research, with books and scholarly articles published on various aspects of the subject. Yet, the history of combinatorics seems to have been largely overlooked. This book goes some way to redress this and serves two main purposes: it constitutes the first book-length survey of the history of combinatorics, and it assembles, for the first time in a single source, researches on the history of combinatorics that would otherwise be inaccessible to the general reader. Individual chapters have been contributed by sixteen experts. The book opens with an introduction to two thousand years of combinatorics. This is followed by seven chapters on early combinatorics, leading from Indian and Chinese writings on permutations to late-Renaissance publications on the arithmetical triangle. The next seven chapters trace the subsequent story, from Euler’s contributions to such wide-ranging topics as partitions, polyhedra, and latin squares to the 20th-century advances in combinatorial set theory, enumeration, and graph theory. The book concludes with some combinatorial reflections.Less

The history of mathematics is a well-studied and vibrant area of research, with books and scholarly articles published on various aspects of the subject. Yet, the history of combinatorics seems to have been largely overlooked. This book goes some way to redress this and serves two main purposes: it constitutes the first book-length survey of the history of combinatorics, and it assembles, for the first time in a single source, researches on the history of combinatorics that would otherwise be inaccessible to the general reader. Individual chapters have been contributed by sixteen experts. The book opens with an introduction to two thousand years of combinatorics. This is followed by seven chapters on early combinatorics, leading from Indian and Chinese writings on permutations to late-Renaissance publications on the arithmetical triangle. The next seven chapters trace the subsequent story, from Euler’s contributions to such wide-ranging topics as partitions, polyhedra, and latin squares to the 20th-century advances in combinatorial set theory, enumeration, and graph theory. The book concludes with some combinatorial reflections.