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Thursday, 27 November 2008, 12:00AM

Mathematics and the Medici: Instruments from Late Renaissance Florence and a British Connection

Professor Jim Bennett

The 16th-century instruments in the Museum of the History of Science in Florence provide one of the most attractive records of contemporary mathematics, significant for having been formed in the period, rather than assembled later by a museum or a collector.  This lecture presents the results of cataloguing these instruments.

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
      Planes and Pacifism, by Dr June Barrow-Green
      From World Brain to the World Wide Web, by Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly
      History from Below, by Dr Stephen Johnston
      The Celestial Geometry of John Flamsteed, by Dr Allan Chapman
      Mathematics in the Metropolis, by Adrian Rice

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Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.

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27 November 2008

Mathematics and the Medici: Instruments from Late Renaissance Florence and a British Connection
Professor Jim Bennett

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