Person: Heath, Thomas Little
Thomas Heath wrote important works on the History of Mathematics: in particular on the mathematics of the ancient Greeks.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Heath was then private secretary to various financial secretaries at the Treasury up to 1907 when he was appointed Assistant secretary to the Treasury.
- However Heath had two separate careers, one as a civil servant, the other as one of the leading world experts on the history of mathematics.
- Archimedes was published in 1897 but at this stage the important work called The Method had not been discovered, so Heath added a translation of this in an edition he brought out in 1912.
- In 1908 Heath's three volume work on Euclid appeared.
- Heath was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1912 and served for two terms on its council.
- One might think that having a career in the Civil Service and yet being a leading historian of mathematics would leave Heath little time for other hobbies but in fact this was not so.
Born 5 October 1861, Barnetby le Wold, Lincoln, England. Died 16 March 1940, Ashtead, Surrey, England.
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Tags relevant for this person:
Ancient Greek, Astronomy, Geometry, Origin England, Puzzles And Problems, Special Numbers And Numerals
Adapted from other CC BY-SA 4.0 Sources:
- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive