Dr Benjamin Wardhaugh, Principal Investigator
Benjamin holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford and has been engaged in research and teaching in the history of mathematics since 2006. His ten books include the textbook How to Read Historical Mathematics (Princeton, 2010) and A Wealth of Numbers (Princeton, 2012), an anthology of 500 years of popular mathematics writing; they also include five volumes of critical editions. His research interests span the sixteenth to the eighteenth century and include mathematical theories of music, the transmission of mathematical texts, and the history of mathematics teaching and numeracy in that period.
Dr Philip Beeley, Co-Investigator
Philip’s research and publications are focused on the history of science and epistolary cultures in early modern Europe. He is especially interested in the role played by correspondence networks in the emergence of modern scientific thought and in the ways in which mathematical ideas were disseminated and discussed both in scholarly communities and across different social milieus. A further area of his research is on early modern cryptography and its importance in shaping political and military events in late seventeenth-century Europe. He is currently President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.
Dr Yelda Nasifoglu, Researcher
Yelda is a historian of early modern mathematics and architecture. She was trained as an architect in New York, studied history of science, medicine, and technology at Oxford, and received her doctorate in the history and theory of architecture from McGill University with her dissertation ‘Robert Hooke’s Praxes: Reading, Drawing, Building’. Her research interests include mathematical diagrams, non-representational uses of drawing, cross-pollinations between mathematics and architecture, different conceptions of praxis, and book collecting practices in the early modern period.