A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685 by Jacqueline A. Stedall

A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

byJacqueline A. Stedall

Hardcover | August 28, 2003

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For historians of mathematics and those interested in the history of science, 'A Discourse Concerning Algebra' provides an new and readable account of the rise of algebra in England from the Medieval period to the later years of the 17th century. Including new research, this is the most detailed study to date of early modern English algebra, which builds on work published in 1685 by John Wallis (Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford) on the history of algebra. Stedall's book follows the reception and dissemination of important algebraic ideas and methods from continental Europe (especially those of Viete) and the consequent revolution in the state of English mathematics in the 17th century. The text emphasises the contribution of Wallis, but substantialreference is also provided to other important mathematicans such as Harriot, Oughtred, Pell and Brouncker.

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Jacqueline A. Stedall is a Clifford Norton Student in the History of Science, The Queen's College, Oxford; Member of the Centre for the History of the Mathematical Sciences, Open University, Oxford.

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Title:A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685Format:HardcoverDimensions:306 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:August 28, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. ' A large discourse concerning algebra'2. How algebra was entertained and cultivated in Europe3. Ariadne's thread: William Oughtred's 'Clavis'4. Rob'd of glories: Thomas Harriot and his algebra5. Moving the Alps: the mathematics of John Pell6. Reading between the lines: John Wallis's 'Arithmetica infinitorum'7. Catching Proteus: the mathematics of William Brouncker8. 'Many pretty things worth looking into'Bibliography/References