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From Newton to Hawking: A History of Cambridge University's Lucasian Professors of Mathematics Paperback – 1 Mar 2007

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'… a book that can be enjoyed by all interested in the history of science.' Scientific and Medical Network Review

'… the volume is striking for both its narrative and its original research.' Nature

'… a magnificent history of mathematics and physics …' New Scientist

'By revealing failures and foibles rather than telling conventional stories of truth and triumph, this book provides a multifaceted view of the past that places human beings centre-stage in science's history … these writers convincingly illustrate how even science's greatest heroes are idiosyncratic individuals enmeshed in a wide network of activists and interests … surprised and fascinated by the intricate cultural tapestry woven here.' Notes of Records of the Royal Society

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Cambridge University's Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics is one of the world's most celebrated academic positions. This informative work offers interesting perspectives on the world-famous scientists who have held the chair, including Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage, Paul Dirac and Stephen Hawking.

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The status today accorded the Lucasian professorship tends to obscure Cambridge's more dubious honour as the last of the medieval and Renaissance universities to secure a endowed professorship in the mathematical sciences. Read the first page
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