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Mathematical Treasures - Maclaurin's Treatise of Algebra

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Colin Maclaurin’s Treatise of Algebra was published posthumously in 1748, two years after his death. This is the title page of the sixth edition (1796).

Here in Chapter 13, page 85, Maclaurin began a discussion of the solution of a quadratic equation that follows through pages 86 and 87.

These images from its George Arthur Plimpton Collection are presented through the courtesy of the Columbia University Libraries.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasures - Maclaurin's Treatise of Algebra," Convergence (January 2020)

Mathematical Treasures from the Smith and Plimpton Collections at Columbia University