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Mathematics With Love


Mathematics With Love

The Courtship Correspondence of Barnes Wallis, Inventor of the Bouncing Bomb
Macmillan Science

von: M. Stopes-Roe

64,19 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 15.05.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9780230552227
Sprache: englisch

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In 1922 Barnes Wallis FRS, who later invented the transatlantic airship and the bouncing bomb immortalized in the movie The Dam Busters, fell in love for the first and last time - aged 35. The object of his affection, Molly Bloxam, was 17 and setting off to study science at University College London. Her father decreed that the two could correspond only if Barnes taught Molly mathematics in his letters.

Mathematics with Love presents, for the first time, the result of this curious diktat: a series of witty, tender and totally accessible introductions to calculus, trigonometry and electrostatic induction that remarkably, wooed and won the girl. Deftly narrated by Barnes and Molly's daughter Mary, Mathematics with Love is an evocative tale of a twenties courtship, a surprising insight into the early life of an engineering genius - and a great way to learn a little mathematics.
Acknowledgements Notes on the Letters Prologue Beginnings A modern fairytale Count von In The Limit and the Duke of Delta Eks Back in England one year on Airships again Poor old y Real Trig at last! Holidays Stale bread and margarine The end of the stale bread From the sick bed The floodgates opened A measure of normality Love takes the page Two years on: the changing future Mr Bloxham's 'Cure' Problems and rewards Doubts and fears The answer Index
MARY STOPES-ROE is the daughter of Barnes Wallis and Molly Bloxam. Trained as a historian and psychologist, Mary worked for many years at the University of Birmingham where she studied parent-child interactions within families of Asian and British ethnic origin. Since retirement she has been archiving her family's papers, among which she discovered her parents' courtship letters. Mary and her husband Harry have two sons and two daughters and ten grandchildren.

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