ISBN : 9780198822868
George Gabriel Stokes was one of the most important mathematical physicists of the 19th century. During his lifetime he made a wide range of contributions, notably in continuum mechanics, optics and mathematical analysis. His name is known to generations of scientists and engineers through the various physical laws and mathematical formulae named after him, such as the Navier-Stokes equations in fluid dynamics. Born in Ireland into a family of academics, clergymen and physicians, he became the longest serving Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge.
Impressive as his own scientific achievements were, he made an equally important contribution as a sounding board for his contemporaries, providing good judgement and mathematical rigour in his wide correspondence and during his 31 years as Secretary of the Royal Society where he played a major role in the direction of British science. Outside his own area he was a distinguished public servant and MP for Cambridge University. He was keenly interested in the relation between science and religion and wrote at length on their interaction. Stokes was a remarkable scientist who lived in an equally remarkable age of discovery and innovation.
This edited collection of essays brings together experts in mathematics, physics and the history of science to cover the many facets of Stokes's life in a scholarly but accessible way to mark the bicentenary of his birth.
1 Alistair Wood: Introductory biography
2 Michael Sandford: The Stokes family in Ireland and Cambridge
3 June Barrow-Green: Stokes of Pembroke S.W. & a very good one - The Mathematical Education of George Gabriel Stokes
4 Oliver Darrigol: Stokes's optics I : Waves in lumeniferous ether
5 Oliver Darrigol: Stokes's optics II : Other phenomena in light
6 Peter Lynch: Stokes's fundamental contributions to fluid dynamics.
7 Richard Paris: Stokes's Mathematical work
8 Sloan Evans Despeaux: George Gabriel Stokes and the Royal Society
9 Andrew Whitaker: Stokes and engineering: The analysis of the structure of railway bridges and their collapse
10 Stuart Mathieson: Faith and thought: Stokes as a religious man of science
11 Andrew Fowler: The Scientific legacy of George Gabriel Stokes