George Gabriel Stokes: Life, Science and Faith

M McCartney (Editor), Andrew Whitaker (Editor), Alastair Wood (Editor)

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George Gabriel Stokes was one of the most significant mathematicians and natural philosophers of the nineteenth century. Serving as Lucasian professor at Cambridge he made wide-ranging contributions to optics, fluid dynamics and mathematical analysis. As Secretary of the Royal Society he played a major role in the direction of British science acting as both a sounding board and a gatekeeper. Outside his own area he was a distinguished public servant and MP for Cambridge University. He was keenly interested in the relation between science and religion and wrote extensively on the matter. This edited collection of essays brings together experts in mathematics, physics and the history of science to cover the many facets of Stokes’s life in a scholarly but accessible way.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages253
ISBN (Print)978-019-882286-8
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Aug 2019


  • nineteenth century natural philosophy, mathematics, fluid dynamics, optics
  • Fluid dynamics
  • optics
  • Royal Society
  • Cambridge
  • Lucasian professor
  • science and religion
  • natural philosophy
  • Mathematics


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