Departmental Lecturer in Mathematics and its History

Clifford Norton Senior Research Fellow in the History of Mathematics & College Lecturer at The Queen's College

## Personal Website:

+44 1865 273557

## Address

University of Oxford

Andrew Wiles Building

Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Woodstock Road

Oxford

OX2 6GG

## Highlighted Books:

Scientific Communication Across the Iron Curtain

ISBN-13: 9783319253466
(12 December 2015)

Mathematics across the Iron Curtain A History of the Algebraic Theory of Semigroups

ISBN-13: 9781470414931
(16 July 2014)

## Highlighted Publications:

The early mathematical education of Ada Lovelace

BSHM Bulletin
page 1-14
(1 June 2017)

The Lovelace-De Morgan mathematical correspondence: A critical re-appraisal

Historia Mathematica
(1 January 2017)

'Nobody could possibly misunderstand what a group is': a study in early twentieth-century group axiomatics.

Archive for History of Exact Sciences
issue 5
volume 71
page 409-481
(January 2017)

The acceptance of abstract algebra in the USSR, as viewed through periodic surveys of the progress of Soviet mathematical science

Historia Mathematica
issue 2
volume 42
page 193-222
(May 2015)

A tale of mathematical myth-making: E. T. Bell and the ‘arithmetization of algebra’

BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics
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## Research Group:

## Research Interests:

History of mathematics: the development of abstract algebra; Soviet mathematics; communications between mathematicians in East and West during the Cold War

## Teaching:

O1. History of Mathematics (Part B)

Prelims and Part A Analysis in Queen's

## Major / Recent Publications:

Books:

Scientific communication across the Iron Curtain, SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology, Springer, 2016.

Mathematics across the Iron Curtain: a history of the algebraic theory of semigroups, History of Mathematics, volume 41, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2014.

Articles:

A tale of mathematical myth-making: E. T. Bell and the 'arithmetization of algebra', BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics 31(1) (2016), 69–80.

Three approaches to inverse semigroups, European Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics 8(3) (2015), 294–323.

The acceptance of abstract algebra in the USSR, as viewed through periodic surveys of the progress of Soviet mathematical science, Historia Mathematica 42(2) (2015), 193–222.

Embedding semigroups in groups: not as simple as it might seem, Archive for History of Exact Sciences 68(5) (2014), 641–692.

Investigating a claim for Russian priority in the abstract definition of a ring, BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics 29(2) (2014), 111–119.

The struggle against idealism: Soviet ideology and mathematics, Notices of the American Mathematical Society 60(11) (2013), 1448–1458.