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Was Newton's Calculus a Dead End? The Continental Influence of Maclaurin's Treatise of Fluxions

by Judith V. Grabiner

Year of Award: 1998

Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 104, 1997, pp. 393-410

Summary: This article shows that, contrary to many common conventions, the "Treatise on Fluxions" of Scottish mathematician Colin Maclaurin did develop important ideas and techniques, and it did influence mainstream mathematics on the Continent.

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About the Author: Judith V. Grabiner was at Pitzer College at the time of publication.



Subject classification(s): Mathematics History
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2008