Between and he served as chief cryptographer for Parliament and, later, the royal court. John Wallis was a contemporary of Newton and one of the greatest intellectuals of the early renaissance of mathematics. John Wallis was born in Ashford, Kent. He was initially educated at a school in Ashford but moved to James Movat's school in Tenterden in following an outbreak of plague. Wallis was first exposed to mathematics in , at Felsted School then known as Martin Holbeach's school in Felsted ; he enjoyed maths, but his study was erratic, since "mathematics, at that time with us, were scarce looked on as academical studies, but rather mechanical" Scriba
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Don't have an account? At the beginning of his mathematical career, John Wallis embarked on the work that was to be published in as the Arithmetica infinitorum. The book was his masterpiece and over the following ten or twenty years was to have a profound influence on the course of English mathematics.
Wallis was well aware of the importance of his work and later devoted the final quarter of A treatise of algebra describing the contents and implications of the Arithmetica infinitorum , as developed in the book itself and by Newton and others in the years following its publication. This chapter revisits the Arithmetica infinitorum and reviews its significance. Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service.
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Reading between the lines: John Wallis's Arithmetica infinitorum