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Masters of Theory: Cambridge and the Rise of Mathematical Physics

Andrew Warwick


When Isaac Newton published the Principia three centuries ago, only a few scholars were capable of understanding his conceptually demanding work. Yet this esoteric knowledge quickly became accessible in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when Britain produced many leading mathematical physicists. This book shows how the education of these “masters of theory” led them to transform our understanding of everything from the flight of a boomerang to the structure of the universe. The book focuses on Cambridge University, where many of the best physicists trained. It begins by tracing the ... More

Keywords: Isaac Newton, Principia, mathematical physics, Wranglers, Albert Einstein, masters of theory, Cambridge University

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226873749
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226873763.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Warwick, author