The History of Mathematics Group conducts internationally recognised work in several areas of the history of modern mathematics, and collaborates with many historians of mathematics in Europe. A long-running interest in celestial mechanics has recently led to an investigation of the network of astronomers in the years around 1900, and an overlapping international project on the role of mathematics and mathematicians in the First World War. Another project concerns the work of G.D. Birkhoff and the development of topological dynamics.
We also study analysis and geometry in the 19th century. A joint project with a colleague in Milan on the history of complex analysis is concluding, and we expect to embark on another project shortly, which will take up aspects of the history of geometry and the work of Hermann Weyl.
Current / recent research projects
Our current PhD students are working on:
● Forest Ray Moulton’s Periodic Orbits and his quest for a new Lunar Theory
● Selected correspondence of Leonhard Euler.