Mathematics at the Meridian
The History of Mathematics at Greenwich

Chapman & Hall/CRC Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing Series

Coordinators: Flood Raymond, Mann Tony, Croarken Mary

Language: Anglais

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Mathematicians at Greenwich have been pioneers of scientific computing since the foundation of the Royal Observatory in 1675. Early Astronomers gathered astronomical data with the purpose of enabling navigators to compute their longitude at sea and organised the work of computing tables for the Nautical Almanac on safety-critical computing systems. The 19th century saw influential critiques of Charles Babbage?s mechanical calculating engines, and in the 20th century pioneered the automation of computation. The 21st saw computational mathematics has find many new applications. This book presents an account of the mathematicians who worked at Greenwich and their achievements.

Introduction. The King’s Observatory at Greenwich and the first Astronomers Royal: Flamsteed to Bliss. Greenwich, Nevil Maskelyne and the solution to the Longitude Problem. George Biddell Airy, Greenwich and the Utility of Calculating Engines. The Mathematical Riddles of Greenwich. Thomas Archer Hirst at Greenwich, 1873 – 1883. A Professor at Greenwich: William Burnside and his contributions to mathematics. L.J. Comrie: Mechanising Mathematical Tablemaking at Greenwich. The Royal Observatory 1881 – 1998. At the foot of the hill – the Royal Naval College and after. Artful Measures: Mathematical Instruments at the National Maritime Museum. Appendix – the Mathematical Tourist at Greenwich.