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A Discourse Concerning Algebra: English Algebra to 1685

Jacqueline A. Stedall


This book provides an accessible account of the rise of algebra in England from the medieval period to the later years of the 17th century. The book includes new research and is the most detailed study to date of early modern English algebra. In its structure and content this book builds on a much earlier history of algebra, A treatise of algebra, published in 1685 by John Wallis (Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford). This book both analyses Wallis' text and moves beyond it. Thus, it explores the reception and dissemination of important ideas from continental Europe up to the end of the 1 ... More

Keywords: algebra, geometry, John Wallis, Thomas Harriot, William Oughtred, John Pell, William Brouncker, medieval, A treatise of algebra

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198524953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524953.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline A. Stedall, author
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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