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

By Jacqueline A. Stedall

For historians of arithmetic and people drawn to the background of technological know-how, 'A Discourse pertaining to Algebra' offers an new and readable account of the increase of algebra in England from the Medieval interval to the later years of the seventeenth century.

Including new study, this can be the main unique examine so far of early smooth English algebra, which builds on paintings released in 1685 by way of John Wallis (Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford) at the background of algebra.

Stedall's booklet follows the reception and dissemination of significant algebraic principles and strategies from continental Europe (especially these of Viéte) and the ensuing revolution within the nation of English arithmetic within the seventeenth century. The textual content emphasises the contribution of Wallis, yet immense reference is additionally supplied to different vital mathematicans equivalent to Harriot, Oughtred, Pell and Brouncker.

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