# The Lost Calculus (1637-1670): Tangency and Optimization without Limits

by Jeff Suzuki

Year of Award: 2006

Award: Carl B. Allendoerfer

Publication Information: Mathematics Magazine, vol. 78, (2005), pp. 339-353

Summary: An examination of the evolution of the lost calculus from its beginnings in the work of Descartes and its subsequent development by Hudde, and the possibility that nearly every problem of calculus could have been solved using algorithms entirely free from the limit concept.