Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ghosts of Departed Quantities: Calculus and its Limits

In 1734 Bishop Berkeley published a witty and effective attack on the foundations of the calculus as developed by Newton and Leibniz. But it took nearly 90 years for the calculus to be given a rigorous foundation through the work of the prolific mathematician, Augustin-Louis Cauchy, who formalised the concept of a limit and created the specialism now called analysis.

About the Lecturer
Raymond Flood is Professor of Geometry at Gresham College.

Related Links:
The Birth of the Calculus

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