Mathematics in Victorian Britain: Hardback: Raymond Flood
- Oxford University Press

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Offers a unique survey of mathematics in the Victorian period.

It assembles in a single volume research that would otherwise be out of the reach of the general reader.

It will also serve as a useful resource for specialists and may provide an impetus towards further research on the subject.

The book may be read from cover to cover, or just dipped into by reading random chapters.

During the Victorian era, industrial and economic growth led to a phenomenal rise in productivity and invention. That spirit of creativity and ingenuity was reflected in the massive expansion in scope and complexity of many scientific disciplines during this time, with subjects evolving rapidly and the creation of many new disciplines. The subject of mathematics was no exception and many of the advances made by mathematicians during the Victorian period are still familiar today; matrices, vectors, Boolean algebra, histograms, and standard deviation were just some of the innovations pioneered by these mathematicians.

This book constitutes perhaps the first general survey of the mathematics of the Victorian period. It assembles in a single source research on the history of Victorian mathematics that would otherwise be out of the reach of the general reader. It charts the growth and institutional development of mathematics as a profession through the course of the 19th century in England, Scotland, Ireland, and across the British Empire. It then focuses on developments in specific mathematical areas, with chapters ranging from developments in pure mathematical topics (such as geometry, algebra, and logic) to Victorian work in the applied side of the subject (including statistics, calculating machines, and astronomy). Along the way, we encounter a host of mathematical scholars, some very
well known (such as Charles Babbage, James Clerk Maxwell, Florence Nightingale, and Lewis Carroll), others largely forgotten, but who all contributed to the development of Victorian mathematics.

Readership: This book will be of interest to historians of mathematics, historians of science, mathematicians and anyone interested in the Victorian period in general.

Edited by Raymond Flood, Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, Adrian Rice, Professor of Mathematics, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, and Robin Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics, Open University, and Stipendiary Lecturer in Pure Mathematics, Pembroke College, Oxford

Foreword by Dr Adam Hart-Davis, Writer, photographer and broadcaster

Raymond Flood is Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford where, prior to this, he was Vice President. He has worked as a university lecturer in Computing Studies and Mathematics at the Department for Continuing
Education, Oxford University and was president of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.

Adrian Rice is Professor of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where his research focuses on 19th-century and early 20th-century British mathematics. He is a two-time recipient of the Mathematical Association of America's Tevor Evans Award for outstanding expository writing.

Robin Wilson is Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, formerly Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, a former fellow of Keble College, Oxford, and president-elect of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. He is involved with the popularization and communication of mathematics and its history, and in 2005 was awarded a Pólya prize by the Mathematical Association of America for outstanding expository writing. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the European Mathematical Society's Newsletter and Chair of the Committee on Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics.

Contributors: Adrian Rice (Randolph-Macon College,
Ashland, Virginia) Tony Crilly (Middlesex University) Keith Hannabuss (Balliol College, Oxford University) A. J. S. Mann (University of Greenwich ) Raymond Flood (Kellogg College, Oxford) June Barrow-Green (The Open University) Sloan Evans Despeaux (Western Carolina University) A. D. D. Craik (University of St Andrews) Allan Chapman (Wadham College, Oxford) Doron D. Swade (Portsmouth University and Royal Holloway, University of London) M. Eileen Magnello (Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London) I. Grattan-Guinness (Middlesex University) Amirouche Moktefi (Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur les Sciences et la Technologie,
Strasbourg) Karen Hunger Parshall (University of Virginia) Robin Wilson (The Open University and Pembroke College, Oxford) Jeremy Gray (The Open University)

"Mathematics in Victorian Britain is one of the most enjoyable books that I have had the pleasure of reading. In both senses of the word, it is most certainly unputdownable." - Graham Wheeler, Significance

"For anyone with the slightest interest in the history of mathematics, this is an excellent volume for dipping into." - Fortean Times

"The book is clearly written and edited ... A must for anyone interested in this period." - Wallace A. Ferguson, Mathematics Today

"414 fascinating pages which keep the reader enthralled like a story, although each chapter could be read on its own ... Would I have bought this book in a shop? YES, absolutely." - N. G. Macleod, Maths
in School

"As a rule of thumb, if one reads a book and is unable to put it down, then it is a good book. In the case of Mathematics in Victorian Britain, I had to put this book down on several occasions; not because I disliked it, but because it inspired me to pick up a notepad and pencil and try several mathematics questions from nineteenth-century exam papers. The fact that I wanted to explore the book in this way, pick it up and carry on reading, is a real testament to how wonderfully good it really is." - Graham Wheeler, Significance

"The period is a fascinating one and the quality and accessibility of the chapters make for an enjoyable and informative read. And through the fine editing of three more historians, Flood, Rice and Wilson, the
book succeeds in eliciting the achievements of British mathematics during those Victorian decades when Britain was in its pomp." - Scottish Mathematical Council Journal

"The book can serve various groups of readers: historians of mathematics as well as mathematicians and even general readers. It is published in a very nice and elegant manner with many pictures and diagrams included." - Roman Murawski, Zentralblatt MATH

"Anyone with an interest in history of mathematics, especially British mathematics, will find this text a pleasurable read ... this book should find a place in the personal library of many historians and mathematicians." - Bruce J. Petrie, Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics

Foreword by Adam Hart-Davis
Adrian Rice: Introduction
1: Tony Crilly: Cambridge: the rise and fall of the mathematical tripos
2: Keith Hannabuss: Mathematics in Victorian Oxford: a tale of three professors
3: Adrian Rice: Mathematics in the metropolis: a survey of Victorian London
4: A. J. S. Mann and A. D. D. Craik: Scotland: land of opportunity but few rewards
5: Raymond Flood: Taking root: Mathematics in Victorian Ireland
6: June Barrow-Green: Wranglers in Exile: mathematics in the British Empire
7: Sloan Evans Despeaux: A voice for mathematics: Victorian mathematical journals and societies
8: A. D. D. Craik: Victorian 'applied mathematics'
9: Allan Chapman: Victorian astronomy: the age of the 'Grand Amateur'
10: Doron D. Swade: Calculating engines: machines, mathematics, and misconceptions
11: M. Eileen Magnello: Vital statistics: the measurement of public health
12: M. Eileen Magnello: Darwinian variation and the creation of mathematical statistics
13: I. Grattan-Guinness: Instruction in the calculus and differential equations in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
14: Amirouche Moktefi: Geometry: the Euclid debate
15: Karen Hunger Parshall: Victorian algebra: the freedom to create new mathematical entities
16: I. Grattan-Guinness: Victorian logic: from Whately to Russell
17: Robin Wilson: Combinatorics: a very Victorian recreation
18: Jeremy Gray: Overstating their case? Reflections on British pure mathematics in the 19th century

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