## From Newton to Hawking: A History of Cambridge University's Lucasian Professors of MathematicsCambridge University's Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics is one of the world's most celebrated academic positions. Since its foundation in 1663, the chair has been held by seventeen men who represent some of the most influential minds in science and technology. Principally a social history of mathematics and physics, the story of these great natural philosophers and mathematical physicists is told here by some of the finest historians of science. This informative work offers new perspectives on world famous scientists including Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, Paul Dirac, and Stephen Hawking. |

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### Contents

Isaac Barrow and the foundation of the Lucasian | 45 |

Very accomplished mathematician philosopher | 69 |

William Whiston in Cambridge | 135 |

Nicholas Saunderson | 171 |

Edward Waring | 205 |

George Gabriel Stokes | 295 |

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From Newton to Hawking: A History of Cambridge University's Lucasian ... Kevin C. Knox,Richard Noakes No preview available - 2007 |

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