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Mathematics at the Meridian : The History of Mathematics at Greenwich (Hardcover)
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Mathematicians at Greenwich have been pioneers of scientific computing since the foundation of the Royal Observatory in 1675. Early Astronomers gathered astronomical data with the purpose of enabling navigators to compute their longitude at sea and organised the work of computing tables for the Nautical Almanac on safety-critical computing systems. The 19th century saw influential critiques of Charles Babbage’s mechanical calculating engines, and in the 20th century pioneered the automation of computation. The 21st saw computational mathematics has find many new applications. This book presents an account of the mathematicians who worked at Greenwich and their achievements.