By P. Groenewegen
Alfred Marshall used to be certainly the doyen of British economics for 3 and a part a long time, beginning in 1890, the yr his ideas of Economics used to be first released. This succinct assessment of Marshall's existence and paintings as an economist units his significant financial contributions in standpoint, via his schooling, his shuttle, his educating at Cambridge, Oxford and Bristol, his coverage perspectives as provided to executive inquiries and his political and social evaluations.
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More generally, what does this Tripos result indicate about Marshall’s gifts as a mathematician? As Whitaker (1965, I pp. 3–4) neatly put Family, Childhood and Education 25 it in the following quotation, these implications are not necessarily straightforward: Although a love for mathematics had brought Marshall [to] Cambridge there is little to indicate that he was a born mathematician, a Routh or a Cayley. It is true that Cambridge legend has passed on a picture of the older Marshall reading for pleasure the first and last chapters of the latest mathematical treatise and inferring the rest.
A few implications of this syllabus should be noted. First of all, it required the services of an independent tutor, paid for by the student. J. Routh as his private tutor, the tutor used by most students seeking high mathematics honours and apparently used by every 1865 wrangler. Secondly, the honours syllabus required continuous application and study; the long vacation and shorter term vacations were assumed to be sacrificed to reading and revision with Family, Childhood and Education 23 the student’s private tutor.
They had few duties, unless they held a college teaching or administrative position. Marshall was appointed as college lecturer in the Moral Sciences from 1868 and was elected college steward in 1877, 32 Alfred Marshall not long before he had to resign his Fellowship on marriage to Mary Paley that year. Marshall appears to have made few friends at St John’s, remaining somewhat of a recluse. However, as Mary Paley told Keynes in 1924, ‘he enjoyed the devotion of his gyps and college servants [because] he treated them like human beings and talked to them about things he was interested in’.
Alfred Marshall: Economist 1842-1924 (Great Thinkers in Economics) by P. Groenewegen