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William Oughtred A great Seventeenth-Century Teacher of Mathematics

By Florian Cajori
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  • WILLIAM OUGHTRED A GREAT SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY TEACHER OF MATHEMATICS
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • INTRODUCTION
  • CHAPTER I OUGHTRED’S LIFE
    • AT SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY
    • AS RECTOR AND AMATEUR MATHEMATICIAN
    • HIS WIFE
    • IN DANGER OF SEQUESTRATION
    • HIS TEACHING
    • APPEARANCE AND HABITS
    • ALLEGED TRAVEL ABROAD
    • HIS DEATH
  • CHAPTER II PRINCIPAL WORKS
    • “CLAVIS MATHEMATICAE”
    • “CIRCLES OF PROPORTION” AND “TRIGONOMETRIE”
    • SOLUTION OF NUMERICAL EQUATIONS
    • LOGARITHMS
    • INVENTION OF THE SLIDE RULE; CONTROVERSY ON PRIORITY OF INVENTION
  • CHAPTER III MINOR WORKS
  • CHAPTER IV OUGHTRED’S INFLUENCE UPON MATHEMATICAL PROGRESS AND TEACHING
    • OUGHTRED AND HARRIOT
    • OUGHTRED’S PUPILS
    • OUGHTRED, THE “TODHUNTER OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY”
    • WAS DESCARTES INDEBTED TO OUGHTRED?
    • THE SPREAD OF OUGHTRED’S NOTATIONS
  • CHAPTER V OUGHTRED’S IDEAS ON THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS
    • GENERAL STATEMENT
    • MATHEMATICS, “A SCIENCE OF THE EYE”
    • RIGOROUS THINKING AND THE USE OF INSTRUMENTS
    • NEWTON’S COMMENTS ON OUGHTRED
  • Footnotes
  • INDEX
  • Transcriber’s Notes
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