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Euler and Differentials

by Anthony P. Ferzola

Award: George Pólya

Year of Award: 1995

Publication Information: The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, (1994), pp. 102-111

Summary: How Euler used infinitesimals and infinite series to compute differentials for the elementary functions encountered in a typical undergraduate calculus sequence.

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About the Author: (from The College Mathematics Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2, (1994))

Anthony P. Ferzola, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Scranton, received his Ph.D. in 1986 from New York University under the direction of William Zlot and Melvin Hausner. He has taught a wide variety of mathematics courses for the past fifteen years, with twelve years spent at SUNY (Maritime College). His current research interests include the history of mathematics and working with computer algebra systems. Besides teaching, he enjoys baseball, opera, and especially going on great adventures with his wife Linda and their children Maria and Paul.


Subject classification(s): Differentiation | Calculus
Publication Date: 
Sunday, July 20, 2008