Edward Wright (1561 to 1615): Mathematician, Practitioner and Privateer
- What did it mean to be a mathematician in the past? What range of activity might the term encompass? The 16th-century Edward Wright worked on logarithms and the mathematics of Mercator's map projection. He ranged over astronomical observation, magnetism and surveying. Though a Cambridge fellow he went privateering with the Earl of Cumberland and was later royal librarian and tutor to Prince Henry. Taking Wright as a biographical case study requires an understanding of Renaissance mathematics as a practical as well as intellectual discipline, as much about material culture as conceptual innovation.
- Stephen Johnston (Oxford)
- Open to
- All staff and students, Public
- Wednesday, 29 March 2017
- 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Lecture Theatre C: Mathematical Institute
- Isobel Falconer
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Suitable for non-specialists. All welcome.