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Oxford FiguresEight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences$
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John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, and Robin Wilson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.001.0001

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Henry Smith

Henry Smith

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(p.239) Chapter 11 Henry Smith
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Keith Hannabuss

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.003.0012

Henry Smith was the first substantial mathematician to occupy the Savilian Chair of Geometry for well over a century. A highly cultured man who spoke several languages, he made internationally admired contributions to number theory and invented the ‘Cantor set’ eight years before Georg Cantor. As Keeper of the new University Museum and a member of the Hebdomadal Council, he was also greatly involved with University administration.

Keywords:   19th-century Oxford, 19th-century mathematics, Henry Smith, number theory, Cantor set

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