The Correspondence of John Wallis (1616-1703): Volume 1 (1641 - 1659): 1641-1659 Vol 1

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This is the first volume of a six volume compendium on the correspondences of John Wallis (1616-1703). Wallis was Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford from 1649 until his death, and was a founding member of the Royal Society and a central figure in the scientific and intellectual history of England. Along with his role as decipherer on the Parlimentary side during the Civil War, he prepared the ground for the discovery of infinitesimal calculus by Newton and Leibniz and played a decisive role in modernization of English mathematics. This volume provides fascinating insight into the life of Wallis through his correspondences with intellectual and political figures of the latter part of the 17th century.

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We get a rich and fascinating view of Wallis's professional transactions during the Interregnum, and particularly his emergence as a mathematician of international stature. (Michael Hunter, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science)

This is a first rate edition and a major scholarly accomplishment. The Correspondence of John Wallis is a trove for the historian of seventeenth century social and scientific life ... This edition is a must for every library and for every scholar whose interests touch upon the seventeenth century. (Paolo Mancosu, Studia Leibnitiana)

... will be of interest to historians of science and mathematics at all levels. (Zentralblatt MATH)

Review from following volumes This is a first rate edition and a major scholarly accomplishment. The Correspondence of John Wallis is a trove for the historian of seventeenth century social and scientific life ... This edition is a must for every library and for every scholar whose interests touch upon the seventeenth century. (Paolo Mancosu, Studia Leibnitiana)

Review from following volumes A major work of scholarly editing. (Noel Malcolm Intellectual History Review)

Review from following volumes When completed, this edition of the correspondence will be an essential reference for anyone interested in the intellectual history of the period. (F. Gouvêa, MAA Reviews)

Review from following volumes Reading these letters enriches our understanding of the intellectual and academic community of the day. One can only welcome a publication that makes primary sources readily available to scholars and students alike. The meticulous care with which these volumes have been produced deserves considerable praise. (Margaret J. Osler, Isis)

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