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How algebra was entertained and cultivated in Europe

Jacqueline A. Stedall

in A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198524953
eISBN:
9780191711886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.003.0002
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses the development of algebra in Europe. Topics covered include the origins from which European algebra began to evolve and from which it took its name; The Liber abbaci (1202) of ... More


Reading between the lines: John Wallis's Arithmetica infinitorum

Jacqueline A. Stedall

in A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198524953
eISBN:
9780191711886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.003.0006
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

At the beginning of his mathematical career, John Wallis embarked on the work that was to be published in 1656 as the Arithmetica infinitorum. The book was his masterpiece and over the following ten ... More


A large discourse concerning algebra

Jacqueline A. Stedall

in A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198524953
eISBN:
9780191711886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.003.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the first substantial history of algebra published in 1685 by John Wallis, Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford. A profile of Wallis is given, ... More


Catching Proteus: the mathematics of William Brouncker

Jacqueline A. Stedall

in A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198524953
eISBN:
9780191711886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.003.0007
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

William, Viscount Brouncker (c.1620-1684) was once described by Sir Kenelm Digby as one of ‘the greatest mathematicians of the age’. He was chosen by Charles II as the inaugural President of the ... More


‘Many pretty things worth looking into’

Jacqueline A. Stedall

in A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198524953
eISBN:
9780191711886
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.003.0008
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This final chapter looks at some of the reactions to A treatise of algebra immediately after its publication and since, and draws together a few observations on Wallis' perspective on algebra and on ... More


The Mathematical Sciences and New Philosophies

Mordechai Feingold

in The History of the University of Oxford: Volume IV Seventeenth-Century Oxford

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199510146
eISBN:
9780191700958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199510146.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Shortly after turning eighty, the Savilian professor of geometry John Wallis penned his apologia pro vita sua, in the course of which he indicated that during his student days at Cambridge University ... More


A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

Jacqueline A. Stedall

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198524953
eISBN:
9780191711886
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book provides an accessible account of the rise of algebra in England from the medieval period to the later years of the 17th century. The book includes new research and is the most detailed ... More


Arabic Learning after the Restoration

G. J. Tommer

in Eastern Wisedome and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202912
eISBN:
9780191675591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202912.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses Arabic studies in England after the Restoration. Edward Pococke published the complete Abu 'l-Faraj with translation. His concern for the welfare of the Arabic-speaking ... More


John Wallis

Raymond Flood and John Fauvel

in Oxford Figures: Eight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199681976
eISBN:
9780191761737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.003.0006
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

In this chapter we describe the appointment of Civil War code-breaker John Wallis to the Savilian Chair of Geometry, and outline his mathematical achievements over the ensuing fifty-four years. ... More


The Learned Press: Geography, Science, and Mathematics

Vittoria Feola and Scott Mandelbrote

in The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I: Beginnings to 1780

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199557318
eISBN:
9780191772320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557318.003.0011
Subject:
History, Cultural History, Economic History

This chapter surveys works on the natural and physical sciences, geography and mathematics, and discusses how from the mid-seventeenth century new scholarship worked to capitalize on the ... More


The Method of Series

Niccolò Guicciardini

in Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013178
eISBN:
9780262258869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013178.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter explores the method of series developed in Newton’s De Analysi per aequationes numero terminorum infinitas. Newton’s method in the use of infinite series was heavily derived from the ... More


The Fell Era 1658–1686

Vivienne Larminie

in The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I: Beginnings to 1780

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199557318
eISBN:
9780191772320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557318.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History, Economic History

The appointment of Samuel Clarke as Architypographus in 1658, the establishment of a new Delegacy of the Press in 1662 and the installation of presses owned by the University in the new Sheldonian ... More


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