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From Newton to Hawking : a history of Cambridge University's Lucasian professors of mathematics

Author: Kevin C Knox; Richard Noakes
Publisher: Cambridge [u.a.] Cambridge University Press 2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : This digitally printed first paperback version, with correctionsView all editions and formats
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Cambridge University's Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics is one of the world's most celebrated academic positions. This informative work offers interesting perspectives on the world-famous  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin C Knox; Richard Noakes
ISBN: 9780521663939 0521663938 0521663105 9780521663106
OCLC Number: 953109119
Accession No: (DE-604)BV043656300
Description: XXIV, 486 Seiten : Illustrationen
Contents: List of illustrations; List of contributors; Foreword Stephen Hawking; Preface; 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 aethereal 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 Helene Mialet; Appendix. The statutes of the Lucasian professorship: a translation Ian Stewart; Index.
Responsibility: edited by Kevin C. Knox, Richard Noakes.

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