STAMPING THROUGH MATHEMATICS by Robin J Wilson
An Illustrated History of Mathematics Through Stamps
Robin J. Wilson
Postage stamps are an attractive
for presenting mathematics and its development. For many years the
has presented illustrated lectures entitled “Stamping Through
to school and college groups and to mathematical clubs and societies,
has written a regular “Stamp Corner” for the Mathematical
This book contains almost four
postage stamps relating to mathematics, ranging from the earliest forms
of counting to the modern computer age. Featured are many of the
who contributed to this story — influential figures such as Pythagoras,
Archimedes, Newton and Einstein — and some of the areas whose study
this development — such as navigation, astronomy and art.
The stamps appear enlarged and in
colour with full historical commentary and are listed in full at the
of the book.
Robin J. Wilson is a Senior
Mathematics at the Open University in the United Kingdom and a Fellow
Keble College, Oxford University. He is very involved with the
of mathematics and has written and edited books on a variety of topics,
from graph theory and combinatorics via the Gilbert and Sullivan operas
to the history of mathematics.
Published by Springer-Verlag, New