Greenwich has been a centre for scientific computing since the foundation of the Royal Observatory in 1675. Early Astronomers
Royal gathered astronomical data with the purpose of enabling navigators to compute their longitude at sea. Nevil Maskelyne
in the 18th century organised the work of computing tables for the Nautical Almanac, anticipating later methods used in
safety-critical computing systems. The 19th century saw influential critiques of Charles Babbage's mechanical calculating
engines, and in the 20th century Leslie Comrie and others pioneered the automation of computation. The arrival of the Royal
Naval College in 1873 and the University of Greenwich in 1999 has brought more mathematicians and different kinds of mathematics
to Greenwich. In the 21st century computational mathematics has found many new applications. This book presents an account
of the mathematicians who worked at Greenwich and their achievements.
A scholarly but accessible history of mathematics at Greenwich, from the seventeenth century to the present day, with each
chapter written by an expert in the field
The book will appeal to astronomical and naval historians as well as historians
of mathematics and scientific computing.