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Mathematical Treasure: Treasury of Mathematicks

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Thesaurarium Mathematicae or the Treasury of the Mathematicks (1687) is a compendium of all mathematics considered important at this time. Little is known of its author, John Taylor, other than that he described himself as a “Gentleman.”

Testimonies to the worth of the book were contributed by John Hawkins and George Barrow, prominent personages of this period.

George Barrow’s tribute in verse continued to the next page. Note the reference to the British mathematician, William Oughtred (1574-1660).

See additional pages from another copy of Thesaurarium Mathematicae here in Convergence.

The images above are supplied through the courtesy of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection of the Pennsylvania State University Library and the assistance of Dr. Sandra Stelts, Curator of the Collection.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Treasury of Mathematicks," Convergence (June 2015)