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Thursday, 3 November 2005, 12:00AM

History from Below: Mathematics, Instruments and Archaeology

Dr Stephen Johnston

In recent decades, archaeologists working on sites such as the Mary Rose have recovered a range of simple mathematical instruments.

Compared to typical museum artefacts, they are relatively humble wooden devices. Yet they shed important light on the distribution and variety of mathematical skills in early modern England.

This lecture was jointly held with the British Society for the History of Mathematics. For the other BHSM lectures, follows these links: 
      19th Century Mathematical Physics, by Professor Raymond Flood, Dr Julia Collins
      and Dr Mark McCartney
      The memoirs and legacy of Évariste Galois, by Dr Peter Neumann
      Triangular Relationships, by Dr Patricia Fara
      Mathematics, Motion and Truth, by Professor Jeremy Gray
      Mathematics and the Medici, by Jim Bennett
      Planes and Pacifism, by Dr June Barrow-Green
      From World Brain to the World Wide Web, by Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly
      The Celestial Geometry of John Flamsteed, by Dr Allan Chapman
      Mathematics in the Metropolis, by Adrian Rice  

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Stephen is Head of Research, Teaching and Collections at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford. 

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3 November 2005

History from Below: Mathematics, Instruments and Archaeology
Dr Stephen Johnston

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