A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - 294 pàgines
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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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A large discourse concerning algebra
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A treatise of algebra
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How algebra was entertained and cultivated in Europe
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In Arabic it is called aljabr
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Cardan gives it the name of Ars magna
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What we commonlg call algebra is bg a Creek name called Analysis
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1631
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1647 and 1648
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Woilis s account of Harriot s algebra
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uncovering the mathematics
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An introduction to algebra
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John Walliss
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Proise and criticism
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The enlargement of the mathematical empire
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the mathematics
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The challenges from Fermat
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1667 7 3
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169 5 oowards
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Thomas Harriot and his Treatise
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The Treatise on equations
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The contents of the Praxis
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The fate of Harriots material after 1631 i1 1
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Manl l prettl l things worth looking into
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Wailiss perspective on historg
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Bibliographies
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Secondarg sources
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Index
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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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