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Mathematical Treasure: Byrne's Practical and Complete Gauger

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University)

While Oliver Byrne is best known for his innovative edition of Euclid’s Elements, he was a busy author. Byrne wrote several books on the applications of mathematics. His Practical, Complete and Correct Gager was published in 1840.

Source: Oughtred Society, Archive of Collections, Tom Wyman Collection. Tom Wyman (1927-2014) was the first president of the Oughtred Society. Wyman assembled an extensive collection of early slide rules and books related to them. The image above is #137 in the Wyman Collection.

For more about Oliver Byrne's life and mathematics, see the MAA Convergence article, "Oliver Byrne: The Matisse of Mathematics."

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Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Byrne's Practical and Complete Gauger," Convergence (June 2018)