Case Studies for the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Introduction 1 Philip Beeley The progress of Mathematick Learning: John Wallis as historian of mathematics 9 Benjamin Wardhaugh ‘It must have commenced with mankind’: some ancient histories of arithmetic in eighteenth-century Britain 31 Rebekah Higgitt The ‘epitome of intellectual sagacity’: Biographical treatments of Newton as a mathematician 47 Niccolò Guicciardini The Quarrel on the Invention of the Calculus in Jean E. Montucla and Joseph Jérôme de Lalande, Histoire des Mathématiques (1758/1799–1802) 73 Adrian Rice Vindicating Leibniz in the calculus priority dispute: The role of Augustus De Morgan 89 Henrik Kragh Sørensen Reading Mittag-Lef f ler’s biography of Abel as an act of mathematical self-fashioning 115 vi Jacqueline Stedall Thomas Harriot (1560–1621): history and historiography 145 Bibliography 165 Notes on Contributors 181 Index 183
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