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Author Ellerton, Nerida F. (Nerida Fay), 1942- author.

Title Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, James Hodgson, and the beginnings of secondary school mathematics : a history of the Royal Mathematical School Within Christ's Hospital, London 1673-1868 / Nerida F. Ellerton, M.A. (Ken) Clements ; foreword by Benjamin Wardhaugh
Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017]
[Place of publication not identified] : Springer Science and Business Media : Springer, 2017


Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series History of mathematics education
History of mathematics education.
Contents Foreword; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Overall Book Abstract, and Individual Abstracts for the Ten Chapters of the Book; Overall Abstract; Individual Chapter Abstracts; Chapter 1: Mathematics in the Christ's Hospital Curriculum Before 1673; Chapter 2: Mathematics Beyond Arithmetic: Expanding the Domain of School Mathematics; Chapter 3: Stars in the RMS Firmament 1673-1798; Chapter 4: Years of Struggle for RMS 1673-1708; Chapter 5: Developments in RMS Curricula 1673-1798; Chapter 6: RMS Comes of Age 1709-1755: The Hodgson Era; Chapter 7: William Wales: RMS Master 1776-1798
Chapter 8: Redefining School Mathematics at Christ's Hospital 1800-1868Chapter 9: An Appropriate Theoretical Lens: Lag Time; Chapter 10: The Importance of the Royal Mathematical School in the History of School Mathematics; Preface to the Series; Preface to the Book ; References; Chapter 1 Mathematics in the Christ's Hospital Curriculum Before 1673; In the Beginning: Christ's Hospital 1552-1673; The Emergence of Christ's Hospital as a School for the Poor, but with Elite Tendencies; The Writing School at Christ's Hospital; Six Main Research Questions Addressed in this Book
The Main Arguments Presented in this BookReferences; Chapter 2 Mathematics Beyond Arithmetic: Expanding the Domain of School Mathematics; Accounts of How and Why the Royal Mathematical School was Established at Christ's Hospital, London, in 1673; RMS's Challenge; References; Chapter 3 Stars in the RMS Firmament 1673-1798; The Guiding Star: Samuel Pepys; The Morning Star: Jonas Moore; An Influential Star: Christopher Wren; An Unusual Star: Robert Hooke; The Most Commanding Star: Isaac Newton; The Star-Finder: John Flamsteed; The Shooting Star: Edmond Halley
The Falling Star: The "Outsider," Humfrey DittonThe Shining Star: James Hodgson; The Supporting Star: John Robertson; The Most Celebrated Star: William Wales; The Contribution of RMS to the History of School Mathematics, Seen from an International Perspective; References; Chapter 4 Years of Struggle for RMS 1673-1708; The RMS Model and Mathematics for the People; Pepys's Reactions to RMS's Early Difficulties; Pepys's Claim that Preparation in the Writing and Grammar Schools was Inadequate; Pepys's Claim that the RMS Master was not Succeeding
Pepys Broadens his Attack on the Quality of Education at Christ's HospitalThe RMS Under Peter Perkins, Robert Wood and Edward Paget; Peter Perkins; Robert Wood; Edward Paget; Mathematics War: Samuel Newton, RMS Master, Versus Trinity House Examiners; Excerpts from Meetings of the Committee of Almoners Held Between March and December, 1708, Concerning Mr Samuel Newton's Clash with Trinity House; Reinterpreting Educational Politics Associated with the Early Years of RMS; Was the Initial RMS Program Well Designed?
Summary This book tells one of the greatest stories in the history of school mathematics. Two of the names in the title--Samuel Pepys and Isaac Newton--need no introduction, and this book draws attention to their special contributions to the history of school mathematics. According to Ellerton and Clements, during the last quarter of the seventeenth century Pepys and Newton were key players in defining what school mathematics beyond arithmetic and elementary geometry might look like. The scene at which most of the action occurred was Christ's Hospital, which was a school, ostensibly for the poor, in central London. The Royal Mathematical School (RMS) was established at Christ's Hospital in 1673. It was the less well-known James Hodgson, a fine mathematician and RMS master between 1709 and 1755, who demonstrated that topics such as logarithms, plane and spherical trigonometry, and the application of these to navigation, might systematically and successfully be taught to 12- to 16-year-old school children. From a wider history-of-school-education perspective, this book tells how the world's first secondary-school mathematics program was created and how, slowly but surely, what was being achieved at RMS began to influence school mathematics in other parts of Great Britain, Europe, and America. The book has been written from the perspective of the history of school mathematics. Ellerton and Clements's analyses of pertinent literature and of archival data, and their interpretations of those analyses, have led them to conclude that RMS was the first major school in the world to teach mathematics-beyond-arithmetic, on a systematic basis, to students aged between 12 and 16. Throughout the book, Ellerton and Clements examine issues through the lens of a lag-time theoretical perspective. From a historiographical perspective, this book emphasizes how the history of RMS can be portrayed in very different ways, depending on the vantage point from which the history is written. The authors write from the vantage point of international developments in school mathematics education and, therefore, their history of RMS differs from all other histories of RMS, most of which were written from the perspective of the history of Christ's Hospital
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Royal Mathematical School (London, England)
Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Great Britain -- History
History of mathematics.
Teaching of a specific subject.
MATHEMATICS -- Arithmetic.
Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Secondary)
Great Britain
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Clements, M. A. (McKenzie Alexander), 1942- author.
Wardhaugh, Benjamin, 1979- writer of foreword.
ISBN 9783319466576