Public Lecture: The response of Cambridge mathematicians to the First World War
Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Speaker: Professor June Barrow-Green
Professor June Barrow-Green is Professor of History of Mathematics at the Open University. She is also Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the London School of Economics.
In this lecture, Professor Barrow-Green will consider how Cambridge mathematicians responded to the First World War in a variety of ways. There were those who volunteered their mathematical skills for work at establishments such as the Royal Aircraft Factory, the National Physical Laboratory, or the Anti-Aircraft Experimental Section of the Ministry of Munitions, those who followed a military path, and those who, for reasons of conscience, refused to take an active part in the War. Professor Barrow-Green will discuss the war-time activities of Cambridge mathematicians and examine the impact of the War on their careers as well as on mathematics itself.