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The Mathematical Work of John Wallis

J. F. Scott
Publisher: 
Chelsea Publishing
Publication Date: 
1981
Number of Pages: 
240
Format: 
Hardcover
Price: 
19.00
ISBN: 
0828403147
Category: 
General
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  • Early life and training
  • The beginnings of the Royal Society. Wallis's part in its early history. Appointment as Savilian Professor of Geometry
  • The treatise on the conic sections
  • The Arithmetica Infinitorum
  • The Mathesis Universalis. The Commercium Epistolicum (1657/8). Controversy with Fermat and other members of the French Mathematical School
  • Appointment as Custos Archivorum. The quarrel with Doctor Holder
  • The Mechanica, sive Tractatus De Motu
  • The Hooke-Hevelius dispute. Publication of ancient manuscripts
  • The Treatise of Algebra
  • The dispute with Hobbes summarised
  • Conclusion. Importance of Wallis's work to succeeding generations
  • Appendix I. Brief biographies of Wallis's contemporaries and immediate predecessors, who are mentioned in this work
  • II. Some observations on the development of notation during the seventeenth century, with specimens of notation then current
  • III. List of Wallis's mathematical works, including his contributions to the Transactions
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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