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is Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College,
He enjoys communicating mathematics and its history to non-specialist audiences, as he has done recently on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time and on transatlantic voyages with the QM2. Two of the most recent books with which he has been involved are The Great Mathematicians, which celebrates the achievements of the great mathematicians in their historical context, and Mathematics in Victorian Britain, which assembles into a single resource research on the history of mathematicians that would otherwise be out of reach of the general reader.
His first year of lectures as Gresham Professor of Geometry will be on Shaping Modern Mathematics:
The 19th Century saw the development of a
mathematics profession with people earning their living from teaching,
examining and researching and with the mathematical centre of gravity moving
In the succeeding years he will choose topics illustrating how mathematics has developed more recently and, in particular, what mathematics can, cannot, and hopes to achieve.