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Dr Benjamin Wardhaugh

BA, MA, MMus, DPhil
Quondam Fellow since 2020
I work on the history of mathematics. In particular, I am interested in the many different roles mathematics has played in culture in the past. My books include studies of the history of everyday mathematics and of the application of mathematics to music.
Dr Benjamin Wardhaugh
  • Background

    • Fifty-Pound Fellow, All Souls College (from 2013 to 2020)
    • Quondam Fellow, All Souls College (from 2012 to 2013)
    • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2007 to 2012)
    • Doctoral student, Hertford College, Oxford (from 2003 to 2007)
    • Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (from 2002 to 2003)
    • Research Assistant, NRICH (Mathematics Education) project, University of Cambridge (online dictionary of mathematics for schoolchildren) (from 2000 to 2002)
    • Undergraduate, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (from 1997 to 2000)
  • Research interests

    • Uses of mathematics in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England
    • Mathematical theories of music from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England
  • Selected publications

    • The Book of Wonders: The many lives of Euclid's Elements (William Collins, 2020)
    • Gunpowder and Geometry: The remarkable life of Charles Hutton (William Collins, 2019)
    • A Wealth of Numbers: An anthology of 500 years of popular mathematics writing (Princeton, 2012)
    • How to Read Historical Mathematics (Princeton, 2010)
    • Publications (External Link)
  • Research awards and grants

    • AHRC Research Grant, 'Reading Euclid: Euclid's Elements of Geometry in Britain, 1570–1700' (from 2016 to 2018).
    • AHRC Early Career Research Grant, 'A biography of Charles Hutton (1737-1823)' (from 2014 to 2016).