Director, Greenwich Maths Centre
The University of Greenwich
National Teaching Fellow, 2008
Contact: phone (+44) (0) 20 8331 8709,
Email: A.Mann@gre.ac.uk, Twitter @Tony_Mann
Research interests: mainly history of mathematics. I also maintain a very incomplete list of mathematical fiction. From 2012 to 2015 I held the position of Visiting Professor of Computing Mathematics at Gresham College.
Here I'm demonstrating "Leonardo da Vinci's perpetual motion machine" (as sold by the V&A at their recent Leonardo exhibition). In fact this implementation is based on the principle of the "Uphill roller" described by William Leybourn in Pleasure with Profit (1694). For more information see Julian Havil's article in Plus magazine.
See me on video:
Here's a report of a talk to the Maths Society at Eltham College.
- with Mark McCartney, an essay From Quaternions to Lara Croft, in The unplanned impact of mathematics, edited by Peter Rowlett, Nature, 475 (14 July 2011), 166-169.
- History of Mathematics and History of Science, Isis, Vol. 102, No. 3 (September 2011), pp. 518-526.
- with A.D.D. Craik, Scotland: land of opportunity but few rewards in Mathematics in Victorian Britain, edited by Raymond Flood, Adrian Rice and Robin Wilson (2011: Oxford, Oxford University Press), 76-101.
- From Sylvia Plath's The bell jar to the Bad Sex Award: a partial account of the uses of mathematics in fiction. BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, 25 (2). pp. 58-66. ISSN 1749-8430 (print) 1749-8341 (online).
- Workshop Report: 'Ideas Exchange: HE Mathematics Curriculum Innovation', MSOR Connections vol 11 number 3 (Autumn 2011), 54-55.
- with Mark McCartney and Noel-Ann Bradshaw, Mathematical Motivators: Using the history of Mathematics to enrich the curriculum, MSOR Connections vol 11 number 2 (summer 2011), 14-16.
- with Noel-Ann Bradshaw and Mark McCartney, Using history in mathematics teaching: some open educational resources for the future, in CETL-MSOR Conference 2010 Conference Proceedings, edited by David Green, 23-28.
- Mathematical Motivators: Mark McCartney (University of Ulster), Noel-Ann Bradshaw (University of Greenwich) and I, funded by a grant from the HEA MSOR Network, created a range of resources about the history of mathematics. These are intended to complement the mathematics curriculum in higher education and show how the mathematics studied at University came about. The resources can be found at the project website and are described in this article in MSOR Connections and in this conference paper.
- Being a Professional Mathematician: Chris Good (University of Birmingham) and I are working on a project, funded by the National HE STEM Programme Mathematics Curriculum Innovation Fund, to create resources for the HE mathematics curriculum on "Being a Professional Mathematician". There will be a workshop about this project in the spring of 2012 and, very shortly, a project website.
Professional Bodies and Learned Societies:
Member (and President 2009-2011): British Society for
the History of Mathematics
Secretary and Treasurer, Leonardo
da Vinci Society
Member (and Editor for the Newsletter), London
Fellow, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Member, the Mathematical Association
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
I am a member of a number of societies relating to my interest in the
history of mathematics, including the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, the European Mathematical Society, and the Computer
Arts Society (a specialist group of the British Computer Society).