The Greate Invention of Algebra: Thomas Harriots Treatise on equations

Hardcover | October 30, 2003

byJacqueline A. Stedall

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'The Greate Invention of Algebra' casts new light on the work of Thomas Harriot (c.1560-1621), an innovative thinker and practitioner in several branches of the mathematical sciences, including navigation, astronomy, optics, geometry, and algebra. Although on his death Harriot left behind overfour thousand manuscript sheets, much of his work remains unpublished. This book focuses on one hundred and forty of Harriot's manuscript pages, those concerned with the structure and solution of equations. The original material has been carefully ordered, translated, and annotated to provide the first complete edition of his work on this subject, and an extendedintroduction provides the reader with a lucid background to the work and explains its contents. Illustrations from the manuscripts provide fascinating reference material. The appendix discusses correlations between Harriot's manuscripts and the texts of his contemporaries Viete, Warner, andTorporley. The clear and concise exposition makes this an excellent reference volume for historians of mathematics and those interested in the history of science. This is an important new resource for understanding the development of algebra in seventeenth-century England.

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'The Greate Invention of Algebra' casts new light on the work of Thomas Harriot (c.1560-1621), an innovative thinker and practitioner in several branches of the mathematical sciences, including navigation, astronomy, optics, geometry, and algebra. Although on his death Harriot left behind overfour thousand manuscript sheets, much of hi...

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, The Open University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.92 inPublished:October 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198526024

ISBN - 13:9780198526025

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. The Treatise on equationsII. Harriot's algebra after 1621III. Harriot's reputation and influenceThe manuscriptsOperations of arithmetic in lettersTreatise on equationsAppendix: Correlations between Harriot's manuscripts and the texts of Viete, Warner and TorporleyBibliography

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"This book is a scholarly 'first effort' to establish Hariot's contributions to algebra, especially those specific to the solution and structure of polynomial equations. It is a first effort in that the translation and interpretation of the 140-page manuscript."--CHOICE, J. Johnson