Person: Barlow, Peter
Peter Barlow was an English mathematician who produced important mathematical tables.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- These soon became known as Barlow's Tables and this work gives factors, squares, cubes, square roots, reciprocals and hyperbolic logarithms of all numbers from 1 to 10 000.
- Barlow's second major contribution makes his name still well known by amateur astronomers today.
- However when there was a move to demolish and replace this old bridge in the 1820s, Barlow was consulted to compute how the tides on the Thames would be affected by the removal of this structure.
- Barlow was appointed as royal commissioner for railways and in the 1830s and 1840s he conducted several experiments to see if the limitation on gradients and radius of curvature proposed by Stephenson was correct.
Born 15 October 1776, Norwich, England. Died 1 March 1862, Kent, England.
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Origin England, Number Theory, Special Numbers And Numerals
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive