Manuscripts and Special Collections

George Green: Nottingham's Magnificent Mathematician

This exhibition ran from 12 September 2014 to 4 January 2015.

Over 170 years after his death, mathematical techniques invented by George Green (1793-1841) are still widely used in physics and engineering. Green is also famous for his windmill in Sneinton, which has been restored and is now a museum.

Crop of the George Green exhibition poster showing Green's Windmill Nottingham

The exhibition drew on the George Green Collection of papers gathered by his biographers and members of the George Green Memorial Fund, and has been curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections at The University of Nottingham.

A rare copy of his 1828 essay was on display alongside items relating to his family, his education in Nottingham and Cambridge, and his mill and its restoration. We explored Green’s lasting importance, and remembered tributes by Kelvin, Einstein, and the Nobel prizewinner Julian Schwinger.

Listen again

Lakeside Arts Centre

Listen to audio recordings of the lunchtime talks given by external speakers that accompanied the exhibition.

Exhibition poster


Click on the image above to see a larger version of the poster. 

Exhibition themes

The exhibition boards which were displayed in the Weston Gallery are available to download:

George Green: Introduction

Exhibition boards 2 - 6 including:

  • His work rediscovered
  • Green's biographers
  • The continuing relevance of his mathematics
  • Green's functions and the development of MRI
  • Celebrating Green 

The exhibition boards which were displayed in the Weston Gallery focused on the ways in which Green's work has been used and built on since his death, and also on how his life and achievements were marked and celebrated during the 20th century.

Unfortunately it is not possible to display representations of the original archive material which featured in the exhibition cases.

Visitor comments

An interesting exhibition thank you for all your efforts.

Excellent! Well worth the journey from Edinburgh to see.

An excellent display, very informative. I have learnt a great deal.

Thank you so much for an amazing exhibition of Nottingham’s scientific heritage and for showcasing the power of science and maths to the general public.

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