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Two Dictionaries of Mathematics, 1679 and 1989

David Nelson
David Nelson (formerly University of Manchester)
14 October 2009
2pm G.107, Alan Turing Building


This talk attempts to describe the history, aims and content of two books. Firstly Joseph Moxon’s Mathematicks made Easie: or, a Mathematical Dictionary Explaining the Terms of Art, and Difficult Phrases used in Arithmetick, Geometry, Astronomy, Astrology, and other Mathematical Sciences (1679), which was the first mathematical dictionary to be published in English. Secondly The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (1989), which has had subsequent editions in 1998, 2003 and 2008, and has strong links with Manchester.

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