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John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles CavendishThe Mental World of an Early Modern Mathematician$
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Noel Malcolm and Jacqueline Stedall

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198564843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564843.001.0001

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The mathematics of John Pell

The mathematics of John Pell

The mathematics of John Pell
John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish

Jacqueline Stedall (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This second part of the book presents the mathematical works of John Pell. Pell's published works were few: the Controversiae pars prima in 1647, An Introduction to Algebra in 1668, and the Table of 10000 square numbers in 1672. These books represent just a fraction of a lifetime of mathematical activity; the rest can be discovered from Pell's correspondence and his unpublished papers. The papers span the full fifty years of Pell's working life but are both thematically and chronologically in complete disarray.

Keywords:   mathematics, algebra, Pell's correspondence, square numbers, Pell's papers

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