"But Oxford never pretended to be strong in mathematics"

Traditionally, Oxford University is thought to be stronger in the humanities, while its rival, Cambridge University, is considered to be the superior in mathematics and science.


The University of Cambridge boasts an especially impressive tradition in mathematics. The mathematical awards won by the university’s academics have included 8 Fields Medals, the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, and 2 Abel Prizes, awarded to outstanding mathematicians by the King of Norway since 2003.


William Oughtred (1574-1660), John Wallis (1616-1703), Augustus De Morgan (1806-1807), Godfrey Harold Hardy (1877-1947), and John Edensor Littlewood (1885-1977) are among the influential and renowned mathematicians to have studied at Cambridge University.