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From Newton to Hawking
From Newton to Hawkingby Kevin C. Knox (Editor), Richard Noakes (Editor), Stephen W. Hawking (Foreword) Cambridge University Press | December 2003 | ISBN-10: 0521663105 | PDF | 516 pages | 16 MB
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.
CONTENTSList of illustrationsList of contributorsForeword Stephen HawkingPrefaceTimeline of the Lucasian professorshipIntroduction: 'Mind almost divine' Kevin C. Knox and Richard Noakes1. Isaac Barrow and the foundation of the Lucasian professorship Mordechai Feingold2. 'Very accomplished mathematician, philosopher, chemist': Newton as Lucasian professor Rob Iliffe3. Making Newton easy: William Whiston in Cambridge and London Stephen D. Snobelen and Larry Stewart4. Sensible Newtonians: Nicholas Saunderson and John Colson John Gascoigne5. The negative side of nothing: Edward Waring, Isaac Milner and Newtonian values Kevin C. Knox6. Paper and brass: the Lucasian professorship 1820-39 Simon Schaffer7. Arbiters of Victorian science: George Gabriel Stokes and Joshua King David B. Wilson8. 'That universal ?thereal plenum': Joseph Larmor's natural history of physics Andrew Warwick9. Paul Dirac: the purest soul in an atomic age Helge Kragh10. Is the end in sight for the Lucasian chair? Stephen Hawking as Millennium Professor Helene MialetAppendix. The statutes of the Lucasian professorship: a translation Ian StewartIndex
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