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John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish
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John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish: The Mental World of an Early Modern Mathematician

Noel Malcolm and Jacqueline Stedall


The mathematician John Pell was a member of the Royal Society and one of the generation of scientists that included Boyle, Wren, and Hooke. Although he left a huge body of manuscript materials, he has remained a neglected figure, whose papers have never been properly explored. This book is a full-length study of Pell and presents an in-depth account of his life and mathematical thinking based on a detailed study of his manuscripts. It also brings to life a strange, appealing, but awkward character, whose failure to publish his discoveries was caused by powerful scruples. In addition, this book ... More

Keywords: Royal Society, Boyle, Wren, Hooke, Hartlib, Descartes, Comenius, Cromwell, Sir Charles Cavendish, maths

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198564843
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noel Malcolm, author
All Souls College, Oxford
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Jacqueline Stedall, author
The Queen's College, Oxford
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