By Richard Askey, Uta C. Merzbach

ISBN-10: 0821801244

ISBN-13: 9780821801246

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The preparation of this textbook of arithmetic, now brought to light, was intrusted to a certain Portuguese physician, Rollandus, who was a minor canon of the Sainte Chapelle, which every tourist remembers, opposite the Louvre. It is evident from the words of the dedication that the work must have been completed before the great battle, of Ivry, August 14, 1424. John himself, according to the preface, took an active part in the preparation of the book, directing what should be included and what excluded.

The Fiske Bulletin account of of 1939 tells the story this way: Conspicuous among those who in the early nineties attended the monthly meetings in Professor Van Amringe's lecture room was the famous logician, Charles S. Peirce. His dramatic manner, his reckless disregard of accuracy in what he termed "unimportant details," his clever newspaper articles describing the meetings of our young Society interested and amused us all. He was advisor of the New York Public Library for the purchase of scientific books and writer of the mathematical definitions in the Century Dictionary.

FISKE AND CHARLES S. PEIRCE 45 otherwise. The titles of the papers in that list give some awareness of C. S. 4 The second example pertains to his map project. " A year earlier Peirce had been invited by Sylvester to publish a paper on map projections in the forthcoming issue of the American Journal of Mathematics. " Moreover the report to Superintendent Patterson showing the progress of work during the fiscal year ending June, 1879, describes Peirce's invention as follows: Among several forms of projection devised by Assistant Peirce, there is one by which the whole sphere is represented upon repeating squares.

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