Mathematics in the Past

Benjamin Wardhaugh is a historian and writer. He is the author of several successful books about mathematics, music, and history. His anthology of popular mathematics writing A Wealth of Numbers was called ‘a unique book that is equal to far more than the sum of its parts’ by Paul C. Pasles. His Poor Robin’s Prophecies, an account of the wonderful world of popular mathematics in eighteenth-century Britain, also impressed reviewers, with Patricia Fara judging it ‘Delightfully chatty and informative’.

Benjamin’s new book, Gunpowder and Geometry, published in February 2019, is a gripping account of the life of Charles Hutton: pit boy, mathematician and scientific rebel.