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Mathematical research and instruction in Ireland, 1782 - 1840 I GRATTAN-GUINNESS

Reforming mathematics education; an Anglo-lrish connection W.H.BROCK

James MacCullagh T.D.SPEARMAN

William Rowan Hamilton, the roots of creativity SEAN 0 DONNELL

George Boole's scientific. work in Cork DESMOND MacHALE

George Gabriel Stokes and Williarn Thomson; biographical attitudes towards their Irish origins FRANK A.J.L.JAMES


Astronomy in Ireland from the late eighteenth to the end of the nineteenth century SUSAN M.P. McKENNA LAWLOR

Rev. John Brinkley; a new start P.A.WAYMAN

Lord Rosse and the giant reflector J.A.BENNETT

Lunar temperature measurements at Birr Castle DAVID TAYLOR and MARY McGUCKIAN

Experimental Science

Humphrey Lloyd; ambassador of Irish science and technology JAMES G O'HARA

The international standing of Irish science at the end of the nineteenth century, the Hertz-FitzGerald comspondence JAMES G O'HARA

Rev. Samuel Haughton and the age of the earth controversy NORMAN DOUGLAS McMILLAN

John Joly; brilliant polymath JOHN R. NUDDS

Ireland and the physics of submarine telegraphy D. de COGAN

The Hon. Mrs Ward (1827 - 1869); a wife, mother, microscopist and astronomer in Ireland 1854 - 1869 OWEN HARRY

Robert Woods (1865 - 1938); a neglected biophysicist C.S.BREATHNACH Index


The following was the contact information for the authors at the time of publication:

BENNETT, Dr J., Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, England.

BREATHNACH, Professor C.S., Department of Physiology, University College, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland.

BROCK, Dr W.H., Victorian Studies Cen6e,,University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE 1 7RH, England.

COGAN, Dr D. de, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, England.

GRATTAN-GLTQNESS, Dr I., Faculty of Social Science, Middlesex Polytechnic, Queensway, Enfield, Middlesex EN3 45F, England.

HARRY, Dr O.G., Department of Zoology, The Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast B17 INN, Northern Ireland. JAMES,

Dr F.A.J.L., The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London WIX 4BS, England.

MEGUCKIAN, Ms M., Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.

MacHALE, Dr D., Department of Mathematics, University College, Cork, Ireland.

McKENNA LAWLOR, Professor 5., Experimental Physics Department, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland.

McMILLAN, Dr N.D., Department of Physics, Carlow Regional Technical College, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Ireland.

NUDDS, Dr J.R., Department of Geology, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland. (Present Address: Manchester Museum, The University, Oxford Road, Manchester M 1 3 9PL, England.)

0 DONNELL, Dr S., 12 Fenwick Drive, Hamilton, Scotland.

0 HARA, Dr J.G., Leibniz Archiv, Waterloostrasse 8, 3000 Hannover 1, W. Gennany.

SPEARMAN, Professor T.D., School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.

TAYLOR, Dr D., Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.

WAYMAN, Professor P.A., Dunsink Observatory, Dublin 15, Ireland. (now deceased, alas)

WEAIRE, Professor D.L., Department of Pure and Applied Physics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.


Note from the Website Editor: This conference proceedings relates to an event which took place in Trinity College in 1986, stimulated by the Royal Irish Academy Bicentenary events, which themsleves generated a conference, the proceedings of which however are not on record. It is therefore an important collection of material, which is not 'dated' in the sense the conference proceedings often are. It is however out of print; I am indebted to Professor Denis Weaire for letting me have a spare copy from the TCD Physics Department, which we can use as the basis for a reprint, or web-based re-publication. How we do it will depend on the extent of the interest, so we invite enquiries, which please sent to me by e-mail. RJ March 2000.

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