Mathematics at the Edward Worth Library

Edward Worth (1676-1733), an early eighteenth-century Dublin physician, was a connoisseur collector of rare books and fine bindings. He was particularly interested in all things medical and scientific and, as a result, the scientific holdings of the Worth Library are superb. His many mathematical texts point to the importance of the subject to him: it was an abiding interest not only during his time at university but right up until his death. This online exhibition is the brainchild of Dr. Maurice OReilly, Senior Lecturer in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies, DCU and formerly Head of the Department of Mathematics in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. He and his students, with the help of Mr. Fionnán Howard (DCU), and Dr. Elizabethanne Boran and Mr. Antoine Mac Gaoithín of the Edward Worth Library, brought this exhibition into being. We are particularly grateful to the following students both for their enthusiasm for the project and their web-pages: John Brady, Ciara Louise Cowman, Laura Rita Gogan, Johannah Goulding, Conor Halton, Elaine Hickey, Christopher Kellet, April Kiernan, Danielle Joy Lanting, Claire Maguire, Aoife Marie Mathews, Naoise Maughan, Ciaran McArdle, Conor McElduff, Pamela McKee, Cian McNevin, Eimear Mullan, Shaun Murphy, Alan Noone, Paul Simms.


Girolamo Cardano, Opera omnia (Lyons, 1663), vol. 4, title page vignette.

The authors of individual web-page are referred at the end of each page. The exhibition is the eighth in a series of website exhibitions which explore aspects of the holdings of the Worth Library. For further details about the Edward Worth Library please contact our website: www.edwardworthlibrary.ie