Edward Mann Langley
(22 Jan 1851 - 9 Jun 1933)
English mathematician who spent his career teaching at taught mathematics at Bedford Modern School (1878-1918). One of his pupils was the future notable mathematician, Eric Temple Bell. He authored numerous textbooks on mathematics. After becoming Secretary of the Mathematical Association (1885-1893), Langley founded the Mathematical Gazette (1894), which he edited for its first issues
(1894–95). He also had an interest in botany.
Science Quotes by Edward Mann Langley (1 quote)
An incidental remark from a German colleague illustrates the difference between Prussian ways and our own. He had apparently been studying the progress of our various crews on the river, and had been struck with the fact that though the masters in charge of the boats seemed to say and do very little, yet the boats went continually faster and faster, and when I mentioned Dr. Young’s book to him, he made the unexpected but suggestive reply: “Mathematics in Prussia! Ah, sir, they teach mathematics in Prussia as you teach your boys rowing in England: they are trained by men who have been trained by men who have themselves been trained for generations back.”
— Edward Mann Langley
In John Perry (ed.), Discussion on the Teaching of Mathematics (1901), 43. The discussion took place on 14 Sep 1901 at the British Association at Glasgow, during a joint meeting of the mathematics and physics sections with the education section. The proceedings began with an address by John Perry. Langley related this anecdote during the Discussion which followed.