Did you know? Notes from the history of Maths | Collins Secondary

By Don Hoyle

“A man and his dad put a bomb in the sink”

Abstract: This article outlines some of the work of Matthew Stewart who was born 300 years ago. In particular, Stewart’s theorem, for which the title is a mnemonic.


Early in 2017, on January 15th, it was the 300th anniversary of the birth of Matthew Stewart. You might not have heard of this Scottish mathematician hence this article. He was born on the Isle of Bute and at the age of 17 went to work under the mathematician Robert Simson at the University of Glasgow.
Simson was a geometer and the ‘Simson Line’ is named after…

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