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Topic: John Wallis' Algebra
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Robert (Bob) Eldon Taylor

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: John Wallis' Algebra
Posted: Apr 17, 2009 9:34 AM
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Dave L. Renfro wrote:

<<I don't know if this will help,>>

Indeed it does, or at least the google result allows download of the
1685 Latin text. I can't understand why I did not get that reference
except that I was googling "John" and not "Johannis". I only got
references to a 1971 translation of "A treatise of algebra, both
historical and practical".

Your second reference is useless to me as it requires a subscription.
English Books on Line not only makes no provision for independent
scholars, it is actively hostile.

But now I am confused. David Eugene Smith in his Source Book mentions
a 1673 edition. Sigmond Probst informs me that was a manuscript,
which was published only in 1685. This is presumably the pdf I have
just downloaded from google. But Smith excerpts from "THE English
version" and refers to "his English translation". Whose? Wallis'?
Is this the 1971 publication? The page Smith references matches the
page of the latin text.

Thanks again to those who responded.

Regards, Bob
Robert Eldon Taylor
philologos at mindspring dot com

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