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Title: Mathematics and Civilization - from Pythagoras to Newton
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Hsiang, Wu-yi
Issue Date: 11-Oct-2010
Event Date: 11-Oct-2010
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.5
Notes: Institute for Advanced Study Public Lecture.
Abstract: A brief survey of the history of sciences, from Pythagoras to Newton, will show that the major developments are mainly in Geometry, Astronomy and Physics, while the following triple are their respective great achievements and outstanding monuments, namely 1) The foundation of quantitative geometry (Hippasus, Eudoxus). 2) The new astronomy (Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler). 3) Mathematical principle of natural philosophy (Newton). In this talk, I shall provide an overview on the historical backgrounds that led to the above monumental successes and I shall also provide revisitings of the above great break-throughs with new insights and simpler ways of achieving those discoveries.
Duration: 95 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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