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A discourse concerning algebra : English algebra to 1685

Author: Jacqueline A Stedall
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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Includes new research, this is the most detailed study of early modern English algebra, which builds on work published in 1685 by John Wallis on the history of algebra. It is aimed at historians of mathematics and those interested in the history of science.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Stedall, Jacqueline A.
Discourse concerning algebra.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2002029001
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jacqueline A Stedall
OCLC Number: 646809947
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 294 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface ; 1. ' A large discourse concerning algebra' ; 2. How algebra was entertained and cultivated in Europe ; 3. Ariadne's thread: William Oughtred's 'Clavis' ; 4. Rob'd of glories: Thomas Harriot and his algebra ; 5. Moving the Alps: the mathematics of John Pell ; 6. Reading between the lines: John Wallis's 'Arithmetica infinitorum' ; 7. Catching Proteus: the mathematics of William Brouncker ; 8. 'Many pretty things worth looking into' ; Bibliography/References
Responsibility: Jacqueline A. Stedall.


Provides a new account of the development of algebra in England from the Medieval period to the later years of the 17th century. 'A Discourse Concerning Algebra' explores the lives and work of  Read more...


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