The Edinburgh Mathematical Laboratory and Edmund Taylor Whittaker's role in the early development of numerical analysis in Britain

Maidment, Alison (2020). The Edinburgh Mathematical Laboratory and Edmund Taylor Whittaker's role in the early development of numerical analysis in Britain. Historia Mathematica (Early Access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hm.2020.09.002

Abstract

In 1912, Edmund Taylor Whittaker (1873-1956) was appointed to the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. The following year he opened the Edinburgh Mathematical Laboratory. The purpose of the Laboratory was practical instruction in topics which are now classed together as numerical analysis.

In this article I explore the inspiration, purpose, and impact of the Laboratory in the context of early 20th century British applied mathematics.

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