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George Frederick James Temple

Data di nascita: 2. Dicembre 1901
Data di morte: 30. Gennaio 1992

Dom George Frederick James Temple FRS OSB was an English mathematician, recipient of the Sylvester Medal in 1969. He was President of the London Mathematical Society in the years 1951-1953.Temple took his first degree as an evening student at Birkbeck College, London, between 1918 and 1922, and also worked there as a research assistant. In 1924 he moved to Imperial College as a demonstrator, where he worked under the direction of Sydney Chapman. After a period spent with Eddington at Cambridge, he returned to Imperial as reader in mathematics. He was appointed professor of mathematics at King's College London in 1932, where he returned after war service with the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. In 1953 he was appointed Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Oxford, a chair which he held until 1968, and in which he succeeded Chapman. He was also an honorary Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.

After the death of his wife in 1980, Temple, a devout Christian, took monastic vows in the Benedictine order and entered Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight, where he remained until his death. Wikipedia

Frasi George Frederick James Temple

„Only by a study of the development of mathematics can its contemporary significance be understood.“

—  George Frederick James Temple

100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981)
Contesto: The professional mathematician can scarcely avoid specialization and needs to transcend his private interests and take a wide synoptic view of the whole landscape of contemporary mathematics. His scientific colleagues are continually seeking enlightenment on the relevance of mathematical abstractions. The undergraduate needs a guidebook to the topography of the immense and expanding world of mathematics. There seems to be only one way to satisfy these varied interests... a concise historical account of the main currents... Only by a study of the development of mathematics can its contemporary significance be understood.

„The great advances in mathematics have not been made by logic but by creative imagination.“

—  George Frederick James Temple

100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981)
Contesto: Logical analysis is indispensable for an examination of the strength of a mathematical structure, but it is useless for its conception and design. The great advances in mathematics have not been made by logic but by creative imagination.

„For the great majority of mathematicians, mathematics is“

—  George Frederick James Temple

100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981)
Contesto: For the great majority of mathematicians, mathematics is... a whole world of invention and discovery—an art. The construction of a new theorem, the intuition of some new principle, or the creation of a new branch of mathematics is the triumph of the creative imagination of the mathematician, which can be compared to that of a poet, the painter and the sculptor.

„Mathematical activity has taken the forms of a science, a philosophy and an art.“

—  George Frederick James Temple

100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981)

„During this century mathematics has been transformed…“

—  George Frederick James Temple

100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981)

„The 'language theory' is inadequate as a description of the nature of mathematics.“

—  George Frederick James Temple

100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981)

„The function of logic in mathematics is critical rather than constructive.“

—  George Frederick James Temple

100 Years of Mathematics: a Personal Viewpoint (1981)

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