By Nerida F. Ellerton,M. A. (Ken) Clements

ISBN-10: 3319025015

ISBN-13: 9783319025018

ISBN-10: 331937737X

ISBN-13: 9783319377377

This well-illustrated ebook offers robust qualitative and comparative aid for the most arguments built by way of Nerida Ellerton and Ken Clements of their groundbreaking Rewriting this historical past of college arithmetic in North the US 1607–1861: The principal position of Cyphering Books. 11 impressive handwritten university arithmetic manuscripts are conscientiously analyzed—six have been ready solely in nice Britain, 4 totally in North the US, and 1 partially in nice Britain and in part in North the US. The earliest of the eleven cyphering books was once ready round 1630, and the newest in 1835. Seven of the manuscripts have been arithmetic cyphering books; 3 have been navigation cyphering books, and one was once a mensuration/surveying manuscript.

One of the cyphering books tested during this publication used to be ready, over the interval 1819–1826, by means of a tender Abraham Lincoln, whilst he was once attending small one-teacher faculties in distant Spencer County, Indiana. bankruptcy 6 during this ebook offers the 1st specific research of younger Abraham’s cyphering book—which is well the oldest surviving Lincoln manuscript. one other cyphering e-book, this one ready by way of William Beattie in 1835, might have been ready as a different present for the King of britain. The analyses clarify the level of the keep watch over which the cyphering culture had over university arithmetic in North the US and nice Britain among 1630 and 1840.

In their ultimate bankruptcy Ellerton and Clements establish six classes from their examine into the cyphering culture which relate to present-day conditions surrounding institution arithmetic. those classes are all for sharp changes among meant, carried out and attained curricula, the impressive price that many scholars put upon their cyphering books, the ethnomathematical situations which surrounded the arrangements of the extreme cyphering books, and qualitative transformations among British and North American university mathematics.

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