A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - 294 pàgines
A Discourse Concerning Algebra, provides a new and readable account of the rise of algebra in England from the Medieval period to the later years of the 17th Century.Stedall's book follows the reception and dissemination of important algebraic ideas and methods from continental Europe and the
consequent revolution in the state of English mathematics in the 17th century.
 

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A large discourse concerning algebra
1
A treatise of algebra
8
How algebra was entertained and cultivated in Europe
19
In Arabic it is called aljabr
35
Cardan gives it the name of Ars magna
45
Walliss account of early algebra
52
1631
59
1647 and 1648
65
Walliss account of Harriots algebra
117
uncovering the mathematics
126
An introduction to algebra
135
John Walliss
155
Praise and criticism
165
The enlargement of the mathematical empire
173
the mathematics
183
The challenges from Fermat
196

1667
73
1693 onwards
82
Thomas Harriot and his Treatise
88
The Treatise on equations
94
The contents of the Praxis
100
The Corrector and the Summary
107
The fate of Harriots material after 1631 III
111
Many pretty things worth looking into
208
Walliss perspective on history
215
Bibliographies
261
Secondary sources
276
Index
289
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Sobre l'autor (2002)

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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