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Mathematical Treasure: Edward Hatton’s Mathematical Manual

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

A Mathematical Manual: or Delightful Associate (1728) is an example of a mathematical tract intended for self-study. Its author, Edward Hatton (ca. 1664–1733), was a surveyor for a London fire insurance company. He is most famous for his descriptive book on the city of London, A New View of London (1708), but he also wrote on mathematics and its uses, as shown by his Manual.

Title page for Hatton's 1728 Mathematical Manual.

Pages 133-135 discuss the construction and use of the sector.

Page 133 from Hatton's Mathematical Manual.Page 134 of Hatton's Mathematical Manual.Page 135 of Hatton's Mathematical Manual.

On pages 222 and 223, Hatton began a discussion on the use of the quadrant.

Page 222 of Hatton's Mathematical Manual.Page 223 of Hatton's Mathematical Manual.

The images above are presented courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Edward Hatton’s Mathematical Manual," Convergence (July 2016)