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Oxford FiguresEight Centuries of the Mathematical Sciences$
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John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, and Robin Wilson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.001.0001

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Renaissance Oxford

Renaissance Oxford

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(p.51) Chapter 2 Renaissance Oxford
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John Fauvel

Robert Goulding

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.003.0003

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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