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’.

Gunpowder and Geometry is a gripping account of the life of Charles Hutton: pit boy, mathematician and scientific rebel; it was simply ‘a brilliant job’ according to the Northern Echo, and was one of the Telegraph’s books of the year. And Benjamin’s next book, The Book of Wonders, published in August 2020, traces the story of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry from ancient Greece to the present day; Ian Stewart calls it ‘astonishingly readable and informative’.