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Generations of ReasonA Family's Search for Meaning in Post-Newtonian England$
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Joan L. Richards

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300255492

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300255492.001.0001

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Generations of Reason

Joan L. Richards

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On February 4, 1823, Augustus De Morgan entered Trinity College Cambridge. There he was deeply influenced by the ideas of George Peacock, William Whewell, Charles Babbage and John Herschel, who, in the decade before he matriculated, had formed an Analytical Society which had focused its attention on developing a truly reasoned mathematical curriculum. At the end of his studies, De Morgan took the mathematical Tripos, which was developing into a fiercely competitive written examination. De Morgan was very disappointed to finish fourth in his class

Keywords:   Cambridge University, Trinity College, Literalist view of reason, Calculus, Analytical Society, Tripos, Augustus De Morgan, John Herschel, Charles Babbage, George Peacock, William Whewell

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