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Thursday, 10 February 2005, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The celestial geometry of John Flamsteed: Mapping the heavens from 17th century Greenwich

Professor Allan Chapman

During his 46 years as Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed elevated the mapping of the heavens to an entirely new level. His practical geometry, and his development of mathematical instruments that worked to a new standard of accuracy, meant that his Catalogue remained in use well into the 18th century. Its production, however, plunged Flamsteed into a bitter controversy with Isaac Newton, while his eminence as an astronomical geometer led to his being invited to deliver an influential lecture series at Gresham College in 1684.

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
       History from Below, by Dr Stephen Johnston
       Mathematics in the Metropolis, by Adrian Rice  

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Allan Chapman is a British historian of science. Chapman has been based at Oxford University for most of his career, as a member of the Faculty of History, based at Wadham College. He is an accomplished lecturer and public speaker (including as visiting professor at Gresham College in London). In January 1994, he delivered the Royal Society history of science Wilkins Lecture, on the subject of Edmund Halley.

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10 February 2005

The celestial geometry of John Flamsteed: Mapping the heavens from 17th century Greenwich
Professor Allan Chapman

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