Entrance hall of the ICMSEdinburgh's Mathematical Past

Edinburgh's rich history contains many mathematical and scientific highlights. ICMS' postion in the city centre places us close to many of the landmarks associated with that past. Between 1994 and 2010 we were actually based in one of notable locations in that history.  We've always been keen to engage our visiting delegates and the local community with Edinburgh's mathematical history by devising walking tours and arranging site visits. When the School of Mathematics at the Unversity of Edinburgh comissioned a maths history map mural for their MathHub we collaborated with Dr Jonan Martens and artist Sophie Powell-Hall to create a leaflet version for our visitors.  You can see the mural and lots more of Sophie's work on her website.

The finite size of the leaflet means there's a lot more to find out about all the locations and people mentioned in it.  We've put this webpage together to show you how to track down more about which ones intersted you.  These lists will be expanded but can't ever hope to be completely comprehensive.  If you want to suggest additional resources, please email Madeleine Shepherd at ICMS.

People from Edinburgh's mathematical past

Name Resources
Michael Atiyah

Atiyah 80+

Charles Glover Barkla

Nobel Foundation biography

Thomas Bayes

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Bayes.html

Max Born

Nobel Foundation Biography

William Hodge

 http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Hodge.html

John Law

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Law_%28economist%29

Dusa McDuff

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusa_McDuff

Colin Maclaurin

 http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Maclaurin.html

Chrystal MacMillan

 Dictionary of National Biography entry

James Clerk Maxwell

 http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Maxwell.html

John Napier

 http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Napier.html

John Playfair

 http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Playfair.html

John Scott Russell

 http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Russell_Scott.html

Dugald Stewart

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dugald_Stewart

James Stirling

 http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Stirling.html

Peter Guthrie Tait

 http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Tait.html

D'arcy Wentworth Thompson

http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Thompson_D%27Arcy.html

James Watt

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Watt

Edmund Whittaker

 http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/history/Biographies/Whittaker.html

 

Places from Edinburgh's mathematical past

[under construction - more links coming soon]

Name Resources
14 India Street

James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

Edinburgh Academy

Maxwell's old school named their new science building after him

Union Canal

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Canal_%28Scotland%29

Merchiston Tower
 
JCMB
 
Royal Society of Edinburgh
 
Maxwell Statue
 
Greyfriars Kirkyard
 
ICMS, 15 South College Street
 
George Square
 
Calton Hill
 
Palace of Holyrood House
 
Old College
 
Hodge's house (15 Granby Road)
 
Samson's Ribs
 
Lauriston Castle
 
Heriot-Watt University
 
Hermitage House