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Masters of theory : Cambridge and the rise of mathematical physics

Author: Andrew Warwick
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2003.
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When Isaac Newton published the 'Principia' three centuries ago, only a few scholars were capable of understanding his conceptually demanding work. Yet this esoteric knowledge quickly became accessible in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when Britain produced many leading mathematical physicists. In this book, Andrew Warwick shows how the education of these 'masters of theory' led them to transform our  Read more...
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Warwick, Andrew.
Masters of theory.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2003
(DLC) 2002153732
(OCoLC)51059283
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Warwick
ISBN: 9780226873763 0226873765 0226873749 9780226873749
OCLC Number: 724025007
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 572 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Writing a pedagogical history of mathematical physics --
The reform coach: teaching mixed mathematics in Georgian and Victorian Cambridge --
A mathematical world on paper: the material culture and practice-ladenness of mixed mathematics --
Exercising the student body: mathematics, manliness, and athleticism --
Routh's men: coaching, research, and the reform of public teaching --
Making sense of Maxwell's Treatise on electricity and magnetism in mid-Victorian Cambridge --
Joseph Larmor, the electronic theory of matter, and the principle of relativity --
Transforming the field: the Cambridge reception of Einstein's special theory of relativity --
Through the convex looking glass: A.S. Eddington and the Cambridge reception of Einstein's general theory of relativity --
Training, continuity, and change.
Responsibility: Andrew Warwick.

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