Mathematical Treasures - Bezout's Cours de Mathematique

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Étienne Bézout (1730–1783) was a French mathematician noted for his work on the theory of equations and as a textbook writer. Many of his texts were composed for the use of the military. His Cours de Mathématiques was a six-volume work completed during the years 1770–1782 and intended for the mathematical training of naval and artillery personnel. The title page shown here is from an abbreviated 1815 edition.

This image from its George Arthur Plimpton Collection is presented through the courtesy of the Columbia University Libraries.

For images from a 1793 edition of this work, see Mathematical Treasure: Bezout on Mathematics of Artillery in Convergence.

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