My current research is on the work of George Birkhoff, and in particular the development of dynamical systems theory. I am also working on British mathematics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and have recently completed a study on the responses of Cambridge mathematicians to the First World War. My other projects include editing the 1915-1916 diary of a pacifist Cambridge mathematics student, FP White, and the mathematical models of Olaus Henrici, the Danish-born German mathematician who made his career in London.
Member of the Council of the London Mathematical Society and the Society’s Librarian
Vice-chair of the Executive Committee of the International Commission on the History of Mathematics
Member of the Council of the British Society for the History of Mathematics
Member of the Science Museum Mathematics Gallery Project External Advisory Panel
Révue d’Histoire des Mathématiques
Bulletin of the British Society for the History of Mathematics
American Mathematical Society History of Mathematics Series
Present research students
Tony Royle is a full-time student working on the intersection between mathematics and engineering at the turn of the 20th century, with particular emphasis on aeronautics.
Past research students
Rosie Cretney was a full-time student who completed in 2015. Her thesis is entitled The Uses of Digital Methods in the Study of Early Modern Mathematics.
Craig Stephenson was a part-time student who completed in 2012. His thesis is entitled Periodic Orbits of the Three-Body Problem: F.R. Moulton's Quest for a New Lunar Theory.
I am module team chair of MST124 Essential Mathematics I, the largest first-year undergraduate module in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, and I chair the History of Modern Geometry option in the MSc module, M840, Dissertation in Mathematics.
Together with Jeremy Gray and Robin Wilson, I have recently completed a two-volume undergraduate text-book on the history of mathematics which is being published by the Mathematical Association of America. The first volume is due to appear at the beginning of 2017, with the second volume due six months later.