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John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles CavendishThe Mental World of an Early Modern Mathematician$
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Noel Malcolm and Jacqueline Stedall

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198564843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564843.001.0001

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Sussex, London, Sussex, 1629–1638

Sussex, London, Sussex, 1629–1638

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(p.25) 2 Sussex, London, Sussex, 1629–1638
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John Pell (1611-1685) and His Correspondence with Sir Charles Cavendish
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Noel Malcolm (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198564843.003.0002

This chapter chronicles the life of John Pell from 1629 to 1638. Pell's first employment was at Collyer's School, a grammar school at Horsham founded by Richard Collyer in 1533. Within a few months of the termination of his employment in Horsham, Pell was put in touch with Samuel Hartlib, who set up a school Chichester in the summer of 1630 and employed John Pell to teach in it. For the young John Pell, whose experience of schooling (both as pupil and as teacher) up to the summer of 1630 may have been confined to the traditional methods of the grammar schools, his time in Chichester was probably quite liberating; he was able to devise a mathematics course of his own. Before the end of 1638 Pell would at last begin to acquire — thanks to the efforts of his friend Samuel Hartlib to publicize his work — an international reputation as a mathematical thinker.

Keywords:   Richard Collyer, Horsham, Collyer's School, Samuel Hartlib, Chichester, teaching

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