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Heritage Open Days – No Horizon (The Forgotten Story of Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739))
07/09/2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
No Horizon – The Forgotten Story of Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739)
Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. We’re delighted to be involved once again at Regather and we’ll be kicking off this years series in Sheffield with the first of 2 events.
The fascinating and inspiring story of Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739) had been forgotten for too long. In 2016, he became the subject of a musical, No Horizon, which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe to great reviews and a wonderful public response. Writer Andy Platt, will be outlining Saunderson’s remarkable life and career. Punctuated with a few songs from the show, he will also reveal the amazing ‘story behind the story’ of how No Horizon came about.
Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739), was born in 1682 in the small south Yorkshire Town of Thurlstone, he was blinded by small pox when he was a boy. However went on to become the fourth Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge. He was fluent in Latin, French, and Greek, and an accomplished musician. Like most, you may not have heard of Saunderson.
He enjoyed a reputation as an outstanding teacher, noted for both his popular lectures on natural science and his expertise in tutoring mathematics. He wrote two successful mathematics texts, The Elements of Algebra and Method of Fluxions, and invented a palpable arithmetic which also served as a geoboard. It was said at Cambridge that he was a teacher who had not the use of his eyes but taught others to use theirs.
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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- Talks & Socials