- Title Pages
- Title Pages
- Frontispiece
- Foreword to the Second Edition
- Foreword to the First Edition
- Introduction
- Eight centuries of mathematical traditions
- Part I Early Days
- Chapter 1 Medieval Oxford
- Chapter 2 Renaissance Oxford
- Chapter 3 Mathematical instruments
- Part II The 17th Century
- Chapter 4 The first professors
- Chapter 5 John Wallis
- Chapter 6 Edmond Halley
- Part III The 18th Century
- Chapter 7 Oxford’s Newtonian school
- Chapter 8 Georgian Oxford
- Chapter 9 Thomas Hornsby and the Radcliffe Observatory
- Part IV The Victorian Era
- Chapter 10 The 19th century
- Chapter 11 Henry Smith
- Chapter 12 Charles Dodgson
- Chapter 13 James Joseph Sylvester
- Part V The Modern Era
- Chapter 14 The 20th century
- Chapter 15 Some personal reminiscences
- Epilogue
- Recent developments
- Appendix: Oxford’s Mathematical Chairs
- Notes on Contributors
- Further Reading, Notes, and References
- Picture Sources and Acknowledgements
- Index of names
- Index of names

# Renaissance Oxford

# Renaissance Oxford

- Chapter:
- (p.51) Chapter 2 Renaissance Oxford
- Source:
- Oxford Figures
- Author(s):
### John Fauvel

### Robert Goulding

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press

In this chapter we discuss the range of mathematical activities in Oxford during the 16th century. These include the mathematics of surveying, the writing of mathematical textbooks, and the particular contributions of Robert Recorde (author of several important vernacular texts), Henry Billingsley (editor of the first English Euclid’s *Elements*), Thomas Allen (a fine Oxford tutor), Sir Henry Savile (founder of the Savilian Chairs of Geometry and Astronomy), and Thomas Harriot (the greatest British mathematician before Isaac Newton).

*Keywords:*
16th-century Oxford, Renaissance mathematics, 16th-century Oxford mathematics, mathematics of surveying, early mathematics textbooks, Robert Recorde, Henry Billingsley, Thomas Allen, Sir Henry Savile, Thomas Harriot

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- Title Pages
- Title Pages
- Frontispiece
- Foreword to the Second Edition
- Foreword to the First Edition
- Introduction
- Eight centuries of mathematical traditions
- Part I Early Days
- Chapter 1 Medieval Oxford
- Chapter 2 Renaissance Oxford
- Chapter 3 Mathematical instruments
- Part II The 17th Century
- Chapter 4 The first professors
- Chapter 5 John Wallis
- Chapter 6 Edmond Halley
- Part III The 18th Century
- Chapter 7 Oxford’s Newtonian school
- Chapter 8 Georgian Oxford
- Chapter 9 Thomas Hornsby and the Radcliffe Observatory
- Part IV The Victorian Era
- Chapter 10 The 19th century
- Chapter 11 Henry Smith
- Chapter 12 Charles Dodgson
- Chapter 13 James Joseph Sylvester
- Part V The Modern Era
- Chapter 14 The 20th century
- Chapter 15 Some personal reminiscences
- Epilogue
- Recent developments
- Appendix: Oxford’s Mathematical Chairs
- Notes on Contributors
- Further Reading, Notes, and References
- Picture Sources and Acknowledgements
- Index of names
- Index of names