“Knowledge gained by experience”: Olaus Henrici – engineer, geometer, and maker of mathematical models


The event is taking part on the Tuesday, Feb 21st 2017 at 15.30
Theme/s: HistMath, Pure and Applied Colloquia
Location of Event: Alan Turing 306
This event is a: Public Seminar

Abstract: The (Danish-born) German mathematician Olaus Henrici (1840–1918) studied in Karlsruhe, Heidelberg and Berlin before making his career in London, first at University College and then, from 1884, at the newly formed Central Technical College where he established a Laboratory of Mechanics. Although Henrici’s original training was as an engineer, he became known as a promoter of projective geometry and as an advocate for the use of mathematical models. In my talk I shall discuss the different aspects of Henrici's work and explore connections between them.

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External Speakers

Professor June Barrow-Green (Open University)