By Andrew Warwick
Winner of the the Susan Elizabeth Abrams Prize in historical past of Science.
When Isaac Newton released the Principia 3 centuries in the past, just a couple of students have been in a position to knowing his conceptually challenging paintings. but this esoteric wisdom fast grew to become obtainable within the 19th and early 20th centuries while Britain produced many major mathematical physicists. during this e-book, Andrew Warwick exhibits how the schooling of those "masters of theory" led them to rework our knowing of every little thing from the flight of a boomerang to the constitution of the universe.
Warwick specializes in Cambridge college, the place a few of the most sensible physicists knowledgeable. He starts via tracing the dramatic alterations in undergraduate schooling there because the eighteenth century, specially the slow emergence of the non-public show because the most crucial instructor of arithmetic. subsequent he explores the fabric tradition of arithmetic guide, exhibiting how the standard pen and paper so the most important to this learn remodeled every little thing from lecture room educating to ultimate examinations. Balancing their excessive highbrow paintings with strenuous physical exertion, the scholars themselves—known because the "Wranglers"—helped foster the aggressive spirit that drove them within the lecture room and expert the Victorian perfect of a manly pupil. ultimately, via investigating a number of old "cases," corresponding to the reception of Albert Einstein's targeted and normal theories of relativity, Warwick exhibits how the construction, transmission, and reception of latest wisdom was once profoundly formed via the abilities taught to Cambridge undergraduates.
Drawing on a wealth of recent archival facts and illustrations, Masters of Theory examines the origins of a cultural culture during which the advanced global of theoretical physics used to be made commonplace.
checklist of Illustrations vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
word on Conventions and assets xiii
1 Writing a Pedagogical historical past of Mathematical Physics 1
2 The Reform trainer instructing combined arithmetic in Georgian and
Victorian Cambridge forty nine
3 A Mathematical global on Paper the cloth tradition and Practice-
Ladenness of combined arithmetic 114
4 exercise the scholar physique arithmetic, Manliness, and
5 Routh’s males training, examine, and the Reform of Public
6 Making experience of Maxwell’s Treatise on electrical energy and Magnetism
in Mid-Victorian Cambridge 286
7 Joseph Larmor, the digital concept of topic, and the primary
of Relativity 357
8 remodeling the sector The Cambridge Reception of Einstein’s distinct
concept of Relativity 399
9 in the course of the Convex taking a look Glass A. S. Eddington and the Cambridge
Reception of Einstein’s basic idea of Relativity 443
Epilogue: education, Continuity, and alter 501
Appendix A: training luck, 1865–1909 512
Appendix B: training Lineage, 1865–1909 524