News tagged with 18th century

How a farm boy from Wales gave the world pi

One of the most important numbers in maths might today be named after the Greek letter π or "pi", but the convention of representing it this way actually doesn't come from Greece at all. It comes from the pen of an 18th ...

dateMar 14, 2016 in Mathematics
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The body, according to the 18th century

People in the 18th century were expected to look neat, elegant and have a natural shape, according to a University of Exeter academic who has found the period saw important changes in how society viewed the body.

dateDec 10, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Documents reveal price of Britain's slave trade

Letters discussing the value and sale of slaves in the 18th century, which provide a distressing reminder of the powerful business interests that sustained one of the darkest chapters in British history, are to be made available ...

dateAug 13, 2015 in Social Sciences
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