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J.G.Fauvel (John Fauvel)

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Re: [HM] Blind mathematicians
Posted: Nov 3, 2000 9:25 AM
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One of the most interesting examples of a blind mathematician was Nicholas
Saunderson (1682-1739), Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge from
1711, who lost his sight in infancy from smallpox. He is interesting not
only for his achievements, such as his impressive and influential algebra
textbook 'Elements of algebra' (1740), but for the calculational aid he
devised called 'palpable arithmetic', a kind of pin-board abacus. Something
similar was re-invented in educational circles two centuries later & called
a 'geoboard'.

John Fauvel





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