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Mathematical Treasure: John Ward's Young Mathematician's Guide

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

John Ward’s The Young Mathematician’s Guide: Being a Plain and Easy Introduction to the Mathematics was first published in England in 1707. It became a very popular text and was imported to the American colonies where it was adopted for use at Harvard University. This is the title page for the sixth British edition, 1734.

 Title page for John Ward's Young Mathematician's Guide.

The author’s portrait serves as the frontispiece.

Frontispiece for Young Mathematician's Guide with John Ward's portrait.

The images above are presented courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

See also Ward's Compendium of Algebra (1724). Links to additional historical textbooks are found in the Index to Mathematical Treasures.

Further Reading

Wardhaugh, Benjamin. "Consuming Mathematics: John Ward's Young Mathematician's Guide (1707) and Its Owners." Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 38, no. 1 (March 2015): 65–82.

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: John Ward's Young Mathematician's Guide," Convergence (July 2016)

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