Monday, December 7, 2009
TierneyLab at the NYT has a post about a really nice online exhibit celebrating 350 years of the Royal Society.
The exhibit, Trailblazing, is presented as a timeline with links to some key scientific papers that were presented in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Mathematics plays a big role in many of the interesting primary sources presented in the exhibit.
Here are a few of the more overtly math-related papers in the exhibit:
Isaac Newton's letter on his theory on light and colours from 1672.
John Hadley's paper describing a new instrument for measuring angles from 1731.
Bayes's posthumus essay on chance and proability of 1763.
Davies Gilbert's paper on the mathematical theory of suspension bridges from 1826.