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Mathematical Treasure: Leybourn's Compleat Surveyor

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University)

William Leybourn (1626-1716) was an English mathematician and land surveyor. His Compleat Surveyor (1653) was one of the earliest and most detailed books published on the subject. It went through many editions.

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 #99 in the Wyman Collection.

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Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Leybourn's Compleat Surveyor," Convergence (June 2018)