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Mathematical Treasure: Lamb's Infinitesimal Calculus Text

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

Horace Lamb (1849-1934) was an English applied mathematician and professor of mathematics at Manchester University. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a student of both George Stokes and James Clerk Maxwell. His works on applied mathematics were well received and were popular for many years. In 1897, he published An Elementary Course of Infinitesimal Calculus, which became a standard teaching text for the subject. The images shown here are from the 1934 edition.

Title Page of An Elementary Course of Infinitesimal Calculus by Horace Lamb (1934 edition)

The “Preface” explains the revised text.

First page of Preface of An Elementary Course of Infinitesimal Calculus by Horace Lamb (1934 edition)

Second page of Preface of An Elementary Course of Infinitesimal Calculus by Horace Lamb (1934 edition)

The book begins with a discussion of continuity:

First page of Chapter 1 of An Elementary Course of Infinitesimal Calculus by Horace Lamb (1934 edition)

Second page of Chapter 1 of An Elementary Course of Infinitesimal Calculus by Horace Lamb (1934 edition)

Third page of Chapter 1 of An Elementary Course of Infinitesimal Calculus by Horace Lamb (1934 edition)

The images above were obtained through the courtesy of the University of Toronto. The book may be viewed in its entirety in the Internet Archive.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Lamb's Infinitesimal Calculus Text," Convergence (February 2018)

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