By Jacqueline A. Stedall

ISBN-10: 0198524951

ISBN-13: 9780198524953

A Discourse relating Algebra, presents a brand new and readable account of the increase of algebra in England from the Medieval interval to the later years of the seventeenth Century.Stedall's booklet follows the reception and dissemination of vital algebraic principles and techniques from continental Europe and the ensuing revolution within the nation of English arithmetic within the seventeenth century.

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A DISCOURSE CONCERNING ALGEBRA 43 Fig. 9 The rule of algebra, or rule of equation, from Robert Recorde's The whetstone of witte, emphasized by decorated capitals and a special italic font. a military manual by Leonard and Thomas Digges, published in 1579. In A treatise of algebra he wrote:108 Leonard Digges (in his Stratioticos, 1579,) and Robert Record, about the Year 1552, (if I be not mis-informed,) and (I think) Robert Norman, 44 HOW ALGEBRA WAS ENTERTAINED AND CULTIVATED IN EUROPE about 1560, and some other, (whose Names I do not remember,) have written of it in our own language.

Bombelli introduced, for the first time in a printed text, a notation A DISCOURSE CONCERNING ALGEBRA 49 for exponents, so that the equation x3 = 6x + 40 appeared as 40. 124 Part III of L'algebra originally contained a series of practical problems chosen to demonstrate the principles of algebra.

106 Robert Recorde's The whetstone of witte of 1557 was the single English representative of the genre (Fig. 8). Recorde had already published an arithmetic entitled The grounde of artes in 1543, so The whetstone was devoted more particularly to algebra. There is delightful wordplay in the title: not only was the whetstone to be found in the previously prepared grounde (‘The grounde of artes did brede this stone’) but the Latin for whetstone is cos. Recorde's text is written in the form of a dialogue between master and pupil and is lively and thoroughly readable.

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