KU math talks — HectorsLongAbstract

The very beginnings of infinitesimal calculus led to a great divide between English mathematics and Continental mathematics during the 18'th century. It was up to a "secret" society of pubescent boys to quash this divide and usher in a new era of mathematical development in analysis. This boys club, started by Babbage and helped by Herschel and Peacock, made humble beginnings in Cambridge but managed to spark the change from Newton's sub par Fluxional Calculus punctuation to the superior notation of Liebniz' Differential Calculus. In their own words, they strove to uphold the "Principles of pure D-ism in opposition to the Dot-age of the University". This radical group was called the Analytical Society and I shall be bringing a math-historical presentation along to show exactly what they managed to do.

29/01/2016
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