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The Greate Invention of Algebra: Thomas Harriot's Treatise on equations

Jacqueline A. Stedall


This book casts new light on the work of Thomas Harriot (c.1560-1621), an innovative thinker and practitioner in several branches of the mathematical sciences, including navigation, astronomy, optics, geometry, and algebra. On his death Harriot left behind over 4,000 manuscript sheets, but most of his work still remains unpublished. This book focuses on 140 of those sheets, those concerned with the structure and solution of equations. The original material has been carefully ordered, translated, and annotated to provide the first complete edition of Harriot's treatise, and an extended introduc ... More

Keywords: Thomas Harriot, navigation, astronomy, optics, geometry, algebra, equations, Viète, Warner, Torporley

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198526025
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526025.001.0001


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, The Open University
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