De Calculo Fluentium libri duo. Quibus subjunguntur libri duo de optica analytica.

  • Craig, John
  • Londini [London]: Ex Officina Pearsoniana 1718


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SOLE EDITION, 4to, pp. [viii], 92. Early twentieth-century half dark green roan, marbled paper boards, spine lettered in gilt. Some spotting, small piece of blank corner torn from final leaf. Corners a bit worn, spine and joints repaired and hinges neatly relined. Institutional blind stamp to title-page causing several small perforations.


An important early work using Newtonian calculus. John Craig (c.1663-1731) studied under David Gregory in Edinburgh before moving to London, where he became one of the first in Britain to grasp the importance of the calculus. He published several major works and was considered one of the most important mathematicians of his day. This work, the last major mathematical text that Craig published, had in fact been the first he began writing and features Newton's fluxional notation - Craig's other works demonstrate Leibniz's differential calculus, including the first appearance of the integral symbol in England.This book is also notable for its preface in which Craig recounts the process through which he discovered this calculus and his interactions with Newton, including showing him the manuscript.

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