By Walter William Rouse Ball

For hundreds of years, Cambridge collage has attracted the various world's maximum mathematicians. This 1889 publication provides a compelling account of ways arithmetic built at Cambridge from the center a while to the overdue 19th century, from the perspective of a number one pupil established at Trinity university who was once heavily inquisitive about educating the topic. The achievements of outstanding participants together with Newton and his institution are set within the context of the heritage of the college, its occasionally uneasy courting with the city group, the school process, and the beginning and progress of the mathematical tripos.

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His earliest work was an arithmetic published in 1540 under the title the Grounde of artes. This is the earliest English scientific work of any value. I t is also the first English book which contains the current symbols for addition, 1 See the Athenae Cantabrigienses by C. H. and T. Cooper, two vols. Cambridge, 1858 and 1863. To save repetition I may say here, once for all, that the accounts of the lives and writings of such of the mathematicians as are mentioned in the earlier part of this chapter and who died before 1609 are founded on the biographies contained in the Athenae Cantabrigienses.

A t any rate its use as an operative form was not known to Napier in 1617. Napier wrote the point in the form now adopted, but Briggs underlined the decimal figures, and would have printed a number such as 25-379 in the form 25379. Later writers added another line and wrote it 251379 ; nor was it till the beginning of the eighteenth century that the notation now current was generally employed. Shortly after bringing out the first of his logarithmic tables, Briggs moved to Oxford. For more than two centuries— possibly from the time of Bradwardine—Merton had been the one college in that university where instruction in mathematics had been systematically given.

Then, by the given conditions, he would have spent 8§ (and not 13) years in his dotage, and therefore 8 | : 13 = 40 : his actual age, hence his actual age was 60. " Like all his works the Grounde of artes is written in the form of a dialogue between master and scholar. " Master. If Number were so vile a thing as you did esteem it, then need it not to be used so much in mens communication. Exclude Number and answer me to this question. How many years old are you? RECORDE. Scholar. 17 Mum. Master.