"Stokes of Pembroke S.W. & a very good one" - The mathematical education of George Gabriel Stokes

Barrow-Green, June (2019). "Stokes of Pembroke S.W. & a very good one" - The mathematical education of George Gabriel Stokes. In: McCartney, Mark; Whittaker, Andrew and Wood, Alastair eds. George Gabriel Stokes: Life, Science and Faith. Oxford University Press, pp. 47–62.

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Abstract

George Gabriel Stokes won the coveted title of Senior Wrangler in 1841, a year in which the examination papers for the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos were notoriously difficult. It was a notable achievement but it was a prize hard won after several years of preparation, and not only years spent at Cambridge. When Stokes arrived at Pembroke College, he had spent the previous two years at Bristol College, a school which prided itself on its success in preparing students for Oxford and Cambridge. This chapter follows Stokes’s path to the senior wranglership, tracing his mathematical journey from its early beginnings in Ireland to its close at the end of his final year of undergraduate study.

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