Mathematics in the Enlightenment

Rewley House meeting

Mathematics in the Enlightenment

Saturday 25 June 2016 (All day)
Rewley House 1 Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JA


This day will explore the mathematics of the Enlightenment (c.1650-c.1800), a period also called the Age of Reason, in which mathematical thought and a belief in logic underpinned the European World view. While algebraic methods became dominant as a mathematical language during the period, mathematics was applied to a wide range of topics, such as architecture, the law, statistics and ship building in many different forms.

9.30am   Registration.

10.00am   Introduction.   JANE WESS

10.05am   Diderot and d’Alembert.   JEREMY GRAY

10.45am   Euler and the Enlightenment.  ROSIE CRETNEY

11.25am Coffee/tea.

11.55am   Calculus in commerce: weaving and weighing.  NORMAN BIGGS

12.35pm  The measure of man.   ALAN MORTON

1.15pm   Lunch.

2.20pm   Reduced to rule: architecture and mathematics in 18th-century England.   STEPHEN JOHNSTON

3.00pm   Mary Somerville: mathematician, astronomer, and pioneer physical science communicator.   ALLAN CHAPMAN

3.40pm   Tea/coffee.

4.00pm   Emilie du Châtelet and the scientific Enlightenment in France.   SARAH HUTTON

5.00pm   Course disperses.

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