According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Mathematics is the "abstract science of number, quantity, and space, either as abstract concepts (pure mathematics), or as applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering (applied mathematics)".
Cambridge Dictionary defines it as "the study of numbers, shapes and space using reason and usually a special system of symbols and rules for organising them."
The great George Boole, whose bicentenary occurred in 2015, was the College's first Professor of Mathematics, and occupied the position from 1849 until 1864, when he died, aged 49. During his time in Cork, he wrote The Laws of Thought, an expansion of his earlier seminal work Mathematical Analysis of Logic, and books on differential equations and finite differences.
This introductory guide provides information on key sources in Mathematics including