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Edward Wright (1561 to 1615): Mathematician, Practitioner and Privateer

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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.
Presenter
Stephen Johnston (Oxford)
Type
Talk
Open to
All staff and students, Public
Date
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Time
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where
Lecture Theatre C: Mathematical Institute
Contact
Isobel Falconer
Email
ijf3@st-andrews.ac.uk
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Suitable for non-specialists. All welcome.

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