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D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson and his mathematical friendships

Following on from last year’s project with Alice and Indre, interns from the School of Mathematics, this year we had two more interns working with us, again under the supervision of Dr Isobel Falconer, Reader in the History of Mathematics. Edd Smith and Cammy Sriram spent 6 weeks of their summer working through voluminous correspondence…

5 December 2019Manuscript Collection Volunteers / Placements

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson and Mathematics

Over the summer, two undergraduate students Alice Gowenlock and Indre Tuminauskaite, took part in a research internship funded by the Strathmartine Trust and the School of Mathematics and Statistics. The internship focused on the mathematical knowledge of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson. In this blog Alice and Indre share what they found in the D’Arcy Thompson archive,…

25 September 2018Manuscript Collection Volunteers / Placements

Celebrating 330 years of Isaac Newton’s Principia

Today marks the 330th anniversary of the publication of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (often referred to simply as the Principia). First published on July 5th 1687, the Principia went on to dominate scientific thought for centuries after its publication. The Principia was ground-breaking in both what it proposed and the methods employed…

5 July 2017Rare Book Collection

Celebration of John Napier of Merchiston at St Andrews

The 400th anniversary of the death of the mathematician John Napier of Merchiston, was commemorated on the 4th of April this year. For details of his life and his connections to St Andrews see our previous post: Marvellous Merchiston. In this post we look at the more recent Library celebrations of this anniversary. The Library…

19 May 2017Activities

Marvellous Merchiston: 400th anniversary of the death of the mathematician John Napier of Merchiston

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of the mathematician John Napier of Merchiston, who died on the 4th April 1617.  Widely regarded as the first Scot to have made a major contribution to scientific learning, Napier is perhaps best known for inventing logarithms, bringing the decimal point into common use and for inventing…

4 April 2017Anniversaries Highlights Rare Book Collection