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A History of the Study of Mathematics at Cambridge
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,, 1889. Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt, blue endpapers, edges uncut. With the publisher's advertisements to the rear, partially unopened. Neat pencil annotations, including mathematical equations, to contents. Spine slightly rolled, gentle rubbing to extremities, spine ends and corners bumped, a few marks to rear board and lower edge of front leaves, a very good copy. First edition of the leading mathematician's account of how the mathematical tripos developed at Cambridge from the middle ages to the late nineteenth century, with a particular focus on the Newtonian and analytical schools. Ball was a lecturer and tutor in mathematics and eventually the director of mathematical studies at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1878 to 1905. He wrote several histories and monographs about the history of mathematics. His "long and effective teaching career, his numerous and often reprinted mathematical works for a broad reading public, together with his total devotion to Trinity College, combine to provide strong evidence of a generous, energetic, and inquisitive man who gave his own utmost to his science and to friends and colleagues" (ODNB). The Rouse Ball lectureship in mathematics has been awarded over the years to Albert Einstein (1932), Wolfgang Pauli (1949), and Paul Dirac (1969), among others.
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