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Mathematical Treasure: Mathematics of Henry F. Baker

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University)

Henry F. Baker (1866-1956) was a British mathematician who spent his career at Cambridge University. He is remembered primarily as an algebraic geometer. His first important published work was Abel’s Theorem and the Allied Theory, including the Theory of the Theta Function (1897).

 Baker’s “Preface” explains the work:

But Henry Baker’s magnum opus was his six-volume work, Principles of Geometry (1922-1933). Selected images are offered here, beginning with the title page and “Preface” from Volume I of the 1929 edition.

The “Preface”:

The first page of the “Table of Contents”:

Volume VI, title page:

Two pages of the Contents for this last volume on geometry.


The full works featured here can be viewed on the Internet Archive, where the source is given as the University of California Libraries via the California Digital Library.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Mathematics of Henry F. Baker," Convergence (January 2019)