Mathematical Instruments: The Renaissance Mathematicus

November 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mathematical Instruments.

Mathematical Instruments

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This post is part of the series Mathematical Instruments in which we introduce you to some of the math bloggers listed on our site. Today:

Thony Christie — The Renaissance Mathematicus

What’s your blog’s name? Any other places (Twitter, Google+, Facebook etc) we can find you on?

I blog at The Renaissance Mathematicus and am present on Twitter as @rmathematicus.

Would you tell us a little bit more about yourself?  E.g., Where are you coming from (both geographically and philosophically)? What is your background?  Any scientific education?

I’m an aging English freak who has now lived half of his life in Franconia in Germany. I have a lifelong passion for the history of science in general and the history of mathematics in particular. I originally studied archaeology, metallurgy and mathematics in Britain but dropped out after one year. I have extensive experience as a field archaeologist, theatre technician, sound technician and quite a few other things as well. In Germany I studied mathematics, philosophy, history, English philology and a couple of other things with an emphasis on the history and philosophy of science for 10+ years as a mature student but dropped out again shortly for completing my master’s degree! I spent 10 years working as a researcher in a project on the social (read external) history of formal logic, special area of research 19th century British logical algebras i.e. Boole & co.

When and how did you first discover mathematical blogs?

Maybe five or six years ago.

When did you start blogging?

I started blogging three years ago.

Why did you start?

Because somebody on whose blog I had written extensive comments and a couple of guest posts suggested it was about time that I started my own blog.

What do you write about?

I write mostly about the history of the mathematical sciences mostly in the period between about 1400 CE and 1800 CE but I have been known to deviate quite widely.

What wouldn’t have happened to you without the Internet?

I wouldn’t have become part of a worldwide community of people interested in practicing and propagating the history of science and my life would have been considerably intellectually poorer as a result.

What does the Internet need more of?

No idea!

Mathematicians on the web have…

The chance to find and communicate with people from all over the world who share their interests.

Your daily web reading (mathematical or otherwise):

Vast, wide, scattered and often very random.

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