Mathematics at the Meridian: The History of Mathematics at Greenwich

1st Edition

Raymond Flood, Tony Mann, Mary Croarken

Chapman and Hall/CRC
Published November 11, 2019
Reference - 242 Pages - 64 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367362720 - CAT# K442103
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Series

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Summary

Greenwich has been a centre for scientific computing since the foundation of the Royal Observatory in 1675. Early Astronomers Royal gathered astronomical data with the purpose of enabling navigators to compute their longitude at sea.  Nevil Maskelyne in the 18th century   organised the work of computing tables for the Nautical Almanac, anticipating later methods used in safety-critical computing systems. The 19th century saw influential critiques of Charles Babbage’s mechanical calculating engines, and in the 20th century Leslie Comrie and others pioneered the automation of computation.  The arrival of the Royal Naval College in 1873 and the University of Greenwich in 1999 has brought more mathematicians and different kinds of mathematics to Greenwich.  In the 21st century computational mathematics has found many new applications. This book presents an account of the mathematicians who worked at Greenwich and their achievements.

Features

  • A scholarly but accessible history of mathematics at Greenwich, from the seventeenth century to the present day, with each chapter written by an expert in the field
  • The book will appeal to astronomical and naval historians as well as historians of mathematics and scientific computing.

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