This annotated bibliography of the earliest mathematical works to be printed in the "New World" brings to light a recently rediscovered work from 1697 and challenges longheld assumptions about the earliest examples of American mathematical endeavor. Bruce Stanley Burdick brings together the mathematical writings from three centers of activity: Mexico, Lima, and the English colonies of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York. Arranged chronologically, the entries include author, printer, place of publication, transcription of the title page, and location of original copies. Languages used in the books range from English, Spanish, and Latin to one example of an indigenous tongue.Burdick's exhaustive research has unearthed numerous examples of books not previously cataloged as mathematical. While it was thought that no mathematical writings in English were printed in the Americas before 1703, Burdick gives scholars one of their first chances to discover Jacob Taylor's 1697 Tenebrae, a treatise on solving triangles and other figures using basic trigonometry. He also discusses Alonso de la Vera Cruz's 1554 logic text, the "Recognitio Summularum" a book on astrology by Enrico Martinez books on the nature of comets by Carlos De Siguenza y Gongora and Eusebio Francisco Kino and a 1676 almanac by Feliciana Ruiz, the first woman to produce a mathematical work in the Americas.American readers of all nations and origins will note with interest that many of these works, including all of the earliest ones, are from Mexico, not from what is now the United States. But what their diverse authors had in common was that they were clever and welltrained colonial people who used European mathematics to solve American problems.
About Bruce Stanley Burdick
Bruce Stanley Burdick is a professor of mathematics at Roger Williams University.Details Book
Author  :  Bruce Stanley Burdick 
Publisher  :  Johns Hopkins University Press 
Data Published  :  01 January 2009 
ISBN  :  0801888239 
EAN  :  9780801888236 
Format Book  :  PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT 
Number of Pages  :  392 pages 
Age +  :  15 years 
Language  :  English 
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