By Professor Alex D. D. Craik BSc, PhD, FRSE (auth.)
The nineteenth century was once a key interval within the improvement of the mathematical sciences in Britain. matters comparable to rigid-body dynamics, hydrodynamics, elasticity, optics, warmth, electrical energy and magnetism have been prolonged and given more impregnable foundations; new components of natural arithmetic have been explored; and significant advances came about in records, astronomy, geology and glaciology.
The mid-19th century additionally introduced dramatic adjustments to Cambridge college. ahead of 1850, the one pathway to an honours measure was once the Mathematical Tripos - taken by means of all aspiring scholars no matter what their destined careers - and the simplest instructing used to be supplied by means of inner most tutors, the main popular being the notable William Hopkins.
This wide-ranging ebook tells the tale of Hopkins and the schooling and next careers of his best "wranglers", a lot of whom went directly to have illustrious careers as bishops, judges, politicians, scientists or educators. It attracts on first-hand debts of existence at Cambridge to offer the reader a glimpse inside of its faculties, and it charts the evolution of the curriculum and the sluggish, usually reluctant, reforms that resulted in Cambridge’s dominance of British greater schooling. It surveys the medical achievements of the time and considers the disproportionate contributions made through Scottish and Irish alumni in constructing a study neighborhood. progressively, Cambridge used to be remodeled from a near-moribund establishment right into a world-renowned centre for the mathematical and actual sciences.
Many recognized scientists and mathematicians are profiled, between them G. eco-friendly, G.G. Stokes, J.C. Adams, W. Thomson (Lord Kelvin), A. Cayley and J.C. Maxwell, and plenty of lesser-known figures too, together with the 1st professors in Australia and the educate to an Indian maharajah. moreover, and as a unique spotlight, Hopkins’ personal selection of snap shots of his most sensible scholars, attributed to the artist T.C. Wageman, are released the following – in color – for the 1st time.
Scholarly but non-technical, it is a interesting examine Cambridge throughout the Victorian period that's available to somebody with an curiosity within the historical past of technology and arithmetic; the background of schooling; the interplay of technology and spiritual trust; the background of Cambridge collage; and Victorian Britain mostly.
Alex D.D. Craik is a graduate of St Andrews and Cambridge. for a few years, he taught utilized arithmetic at St Andrews collage, the place he's shortly an emeritus professor.
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