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Mathematical Treasures - Boole on Differential Equations

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

George Boole (1815–1864) was a self-educated British mathematician. While best known for his work in logic, Boole worked in a wide field of mathematics. In 1859, he published A Treatise on Differential Equations. This is the title page for the 1865 edition.

In the Preface, Boole commented on the importance of adhering to the “historical order of development” for the mathematics in question. He believed that the historical order is determined by logical deduction and therefore is most suitable as a path for instruction.

These images from its George Arthur Plimpton Collection are presented through the courtesy of the Columbia University Libraries.

For images from an 1877 edition of this book, see Mathematical Treasure: George Boole on Differential Equations in Convergence

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasures - Boole on Differential Equations ," Convergence (January 2020)

Mathematical Treasures from the Smith and Plimpton Collections at Columbia University