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By Jacqueline A. Stedall

For historians of arithmetic and people attracted to the historical past of technology, 'A Discourse bearing on 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 examine, this is often the main particular learn to this point of early sleek English algebra, which builds on paintings released in 1685 by way of John Wallis (Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford) at the heritage of algebra.

Stedall's ebook follows the reception and dissemination of vital algebraic rules and techniques from continental Europe (especially these of Viéte) and the resultant revolution within the country of English arithmetic within the seventeenth century. The textual content emphasises the contribution of Wallis, yet titanic reference can be supplied to different vital mathematicans similar to Harriot, Oughtred, Pell and Brouncker.

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