Book ID: CBB129904697

George Gabriel Stokes: Life, Science and Faith (2019)


McCartney, Mark (Editor)
Whitaker, Andrew (Editor)
Wood, Alastair (Editor)

Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 272
Language: English

George Gabriel Stokes was one of the most important mathematical physicists of the 19th century. During his lifetime he made a wide range of contributions, notably in continuum mechanics, optics and mathematical analysis. His name is known to generations of scientists and engineers through the various physical laws and mathematical formulae named after him, such as the Navier-Stokes equations in fluid dynamics. Born in Ireland into a family of academics, clergymen and physicians, he became the longest serving Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. Impressive as his own scientific achievements were, he made an equally important contribution as a sounding board for his contemporaries, providing good judgement and mathematical rigour in his wide correspondence and during his 31 years as Secretary of the Royal Society where he played a major role in the direction of British science. Outside his own area he was a distinguished public servant and MP for Cambridge University. He was keenly interested in the relation between science and religion and wrote at length on their interaction. Stokes was a remarkable scientist who lived in an equally remarkable age of discovery and innovation.This edited collection of essays brings together experts in mathematics, physics and the history of science to cover the many facets of Stokes's life in a scholarly but accessible way to mark the bicentenary of his birth.

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Authors & Contributors
Numbers, Ronald L.
Stenhouse, John
Livingstone, David N.
Butcher, Barry W.
Zeller, Suzanne E.
Stephens, Lester D.
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
Chemical Heritage
Journal of Cambridge Studies
Journal Electronique d'Histoire des Probabilités et de la Statistique
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
University of Chicago Press
Cambridge University Press
University College Press
Broadway Books
Science and religion
Mathematical physics
Science education and teaching
Stokes, George Gabriel
Davy, Humphry
Harriot, Thomas
Hamilton, William Rowan
Boole, George
Kelvin, William Thomson, Baron
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
Great Britain
New Zealand
Royal Society of London
Cambridge University
Académie des Sciences, Paris
Royal Society (Great Britain). European Science Exchange Programme

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