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Symbols, impossible numbers, and geometric entanglements : British algebra through the commentaries on Newton's Universal arithmetick

Author: Helena M Pycior
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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Symbols, Impossible Numbers, and Geometric Entanglements is the first history of the development and reception of algebra in early modern England and Scotland. Not primarily a technical history, this book analyzes the struggles of a dozen British thinkers to come to terms with early modern algebra, its symbolical style, and negative and imaginary numbers. Professor Pycior uncovers these thinkers as a "testgroup" for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton, Sir)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helena M Pycior
ISBN: 0521481244 9780521481243 0521027403 9780521027403
OCLC Number: 34839780
Description: xi, 328 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Setting the Scene: The Foundations of Early Modern Algebra --
2. William Oughtred and Thomas Harriot: "Inciting, Assisting, and Instructing Others" in the Analytic Art --
3. John Collins's Campaign for a Current English Algebra Textbook: The 1660s and 1670s --
4. John Pell's English Edition of Rahn's Algebra and John Kersey's Algebra --
5. The Arithmetic Formulation of Algebra in John Wallis's Treatise of Algebra --
6. English Mathematical Thinkers Take Sides on Early Modern Algebra: Thomas Hobbes and Isaac Barrow against John Wallis --
7. The Mixed Mathematical Legacy of Newton's Universal Arithmetick --
8. George Berkeley at the Intersection of Algebra and Philosophy --
9. The Scottish Response to Newtonian Algebra.
Responsibility: Helena M. Pycior.
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This is the first history of the development and reception of algebra in early modern England and Scotland.  Read more...

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