International Mathematical Union

Somerville College

Florence Nightingale

London Mathematical Society

GH Hardy

In the first of our series of Oxford Mathematicians we feature G H Hardy (1877-1947). Hardy was the most important British pure mathematician of the first half of the 20th century. This set of 6 posters takes us on a journey through his time at Oxford - from his appointment as Savilian Professor of Geometry to his lobbying for a Mathematical Institute. He gave the first talk at the Invariants Society (the University's student society for mathematics) - to find out more about applying to Oxford see our Study Here pages.

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Savilian Professors of Geometry

What was mathematics like in Victorian Oxford? The Savilian Professor of Geometry was established in 1619 by Sir Henry Savile, and has been held by many top mathematicians - including John Wallis (who introduced the $\infty$ notation), Edmond Halley (after whom Halley's comet is named), Edward Titchmarsh, and Sir Michael Atiyah. The current holder of the chair is Nigel Hitchin. Throughout the Victorian era three Savilian Professors of Geometry left their mark on Mathematics at Oxford: Baden Powel, Henry Smith, and James Sylvester. These posters tell their story. 

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John Wallis

In the second of our series of Oxford Mathematicians we feature John Wallis (1616–1703). Wallis was Oxford’s Savilian Professor of Geometry from 1649 to 1703 and was the most influential English mathematician before the rise of Isaac Newton. His most important works were his 'Arithmetic of Infinitesimals' and his treatise on Conic Sections, both published in the 1650s. If you ever come to visit Oxford you can see the Sheldonian Theatre - an amazing building designed by Christopher Wren with a roof span of over 21m. There were no trees long enough to have simple beams supporting this roof, but John Wallis devised a clever interlocking beam structure which still survives to this day. Developing this structure involved solving 25 simultaneous equations! If you're interested in finding out more, the Mathemagicians run walking tours around Oxford pointing out other mathematical marvels.

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Charles Dodgson

In the third of our series of Oxford Mathematicians we feature Charles Dodgson (1832–1898). If Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) had not written Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, he’d probably be remembered as a pioneer photographer. But his Oxford ‘day job’ was as Lecturer in Mathematics at Christ Church. Dodgson had interests in geometry and algebra (in particular looking at determinants), but he also made influential contributions to logic and voting theory. You can find some of his syllogisms (statements called premises which lead to a conclusion) on our Maths and Philosophy page. His interest in voting theory led to him making recommendations to parliament - including the rule that no results should be announced until all polling stations had closed.

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Oxford Mathematics Alphabet

Preview of A is for Aperiodic TIles poster

The Oxford Mathematics Alphabet is an outreach project showcasing the amazing and wonderful research going on at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. Each letter links to an area of research, a blog post written by a researcher in the area, and an A3 poster for download.