*Jacqueline A. Stedall*

- 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 ...
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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 Royal Society, and held the post unopposed for fifteen years from 1662 to 1677. Brouncker's finest mathematical work was done in the 1650s, before the period of his Presidency, all of it in association with John Wallis. A study of their joint work provides fascinating insights into different forms of mathematical creativity and contrasting mathematical styles, and quickly puts paid to any notion that mathematics is a purely logical and impersonal subject.Less

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 Royal Society, and held the post unopposed for fifteen years from 1662 to 1677. Brouncker's finest mathematical work was done in the 1650s, before the period of his Presidency, all of it in association with John Wallis. A study of their joint work provides fascinating insights into different forms of mathematical creativity and contrasting mathematical styles, and quickly puts paid to any notion that mathematics is a purely logical and impersonal subject.

*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 ...
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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 study to date of early modern English algebra. In its structure and content this book builds on a much earlier history of algebra, A treatise of algebra, published in 1685 by John Wallis (Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford). This book both analyses Wallis' text and moves beyond it. Thus, it explores the reception and dissemination of important ideas from continental Europe up to the end of the 16th century, and the subsequent revolution in English mathematics in the 17th century. In particular, the book includes chapters on the work of Thomas Harriot, William Oughtred, John Pell, and William Brouncker, as well as of Wallis himself.Less

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 study to date of early modern English algebra. In its structure and content this book builds on a much earlier history of algebra, *A treatise of algebra*, published in 1685 by John Wallis (Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford). This book both analyses Wallis' text and moves beyond it. Thus, it explores the reception and dissemination of important ideas from continental Europe up to the end of the 16th century, and the subsequent revolution in English mathematics in the 17th century. In particular, the book includes chapters on the work of Thomas Harriot, William Oughtred, John Pell, and William Brouncker, as well as of Wallis himself.