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Thomas Harriot's Artis Analyticae Praxis: An English Translation with Commentary

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ISBN: 9780387495118    Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc. Year of publishing: 2007     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 310        Language: English
This is the first English translation of Thomas Harriot's seminal Artis Analyticae Praxis, first published in Latin in 1631. It has recently become clear that Harriot's editor substantially rearranged...Read more
This is the first English translation of Thomas Harriot's seminal Artis Analyticae Praxis, first published in Latin in 1631. It has recently become clear that Harriot's editor substantially rearranged the work, and omitted sections beyond his comprehension. Commentary included with this translation relates to corresponding pages in the manuscript papers, enabling exploration of Harriot's novel and advanced mathematics. This publication provides the basis for a reassessment of the development of algebra.
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From the reviews: "The Praxis contains Harriot's most significant contribution to the theory of equations, the discovery that polynomials can be constructed as products of linear, or sometimes...Read more
From the reviews: "The Praxis contains Harriot's most significant contribution to the theory of equations, the discovery that polynomials can be constructed as products of linear, or sometimes quadratic, factors. ... The notes that follow the translation (70 pages) offer a great deal of fine textual detail. They also contain some beautiful reproductions of the original manuscripts ... . Seltman and Goulding's translation is a welcome addition to this growing body of work." (Jackie Stedall, MathDL, September, 2007) "The book under review is a useful English translation of a mathematically 'clean' copy ... by Robert Goulding that is enriched by a competent commentary by Muriel Seltman: it makes the mathematical content accessible to the modern reader. To that end, Harriot's notation has rightly been modernized. ... The reader finds a comparative table of equations solved, a list of textual emendations, additional information about the Harriot papers (kept in the British Library), and a select bibliography." (Eberhard Knobloch, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 j) "Seltman's and Goulding's Introduction, Commentary, and Tables are all interesting and useful. ... The book contains just three reproductions of Harriot's original work, each a full-page photograph of one of Harriot's manuscript sheets on algebra. These are interesting and give the reader a good sense of what it is like to read Harriot's work in the manuscripts themselves."(Janet Beery, British Society for the History of Mathematics, Vol. 24 March, 2009)
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