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George Gabriel Stokes: Life, Science and Faith

Mark McCartney, Andrew Whitaker, and Alastair Wood


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 e ... More

Keywords: fluid dynamics, optics, Royal Society, nineteenth century, Cambridge, Lucasian professor, science and religion, natural philosophy, mathematics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198822868
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198822868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark McCartney, editor
Senior lecturer in mathematics, Ulster University

Andrew Whitaker, editor
Visiting Professor, Queen's University Belfast

Alastair Wood, editor
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Dublin City University