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Mathematics at the Meridian: The History of Mathematics at Greenwich

Mathematics at the Meridian: The History of Mathematics at Greenwich

Flood, Raymond, Mann, Tony and Croarken, Mary (eds.) (2019) Mathematics at the Meridian: The History of Mathematics at Greenwich. Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing . CRC Press, Florida, USA. ISBN 978-0367362720

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Edited Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: history, mathematics, astronomy, computation, longitude navigation, Greenwich, education, public engagement
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Department of Mathematical Sciences
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 13:01
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26174

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