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By Jacqueline A. Stedall

A Discourse pertaining to Algebra, offers a brand new and readable account of the increase of algebra in England from the Medieval interval to the later years of the seventeenth Century.Stedall's publication follows the reception and dissemination of significant algebraic rules and techniques from continental Europe and the ensuing revolution within the kingdom of English arithmetic within the seventeenth century.

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68 Through Grosseteste's friend and adviser Adam Marsh (c. 1205–1258), himself Lector to the Franciscans in 1247, Roger Bacon (c. 1214–1292) and John Pecham (1230–1292) also entered the Oxford community. 71 In the fourteenth century the focus shifted to Merton College, which became renowned for mathematical learning. The Merton names noted by Wallis were those of Thomas Bradwardine (c. 1300–1348), Simon Bredon (c. 1315–1372), John Ashenden (fl. 1347–1357)72 and William Rede (c. 73 Bradwardine was at Merton for over twenty years and was distinguished in theology, philosophy and mathematics.

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He never revealed his method publicly but taught it to his son-in-law, Annibale della Nave, and to his disciple Mario Fiore. In 1535 Fiore challenged Niccolo Tartaglia (c. 1499–1557) in a public competition in which every problem gave rise to a cubic of the form x3 + px = q, leading Tartaglia to discover for himself del Ferro's solution. Four years later Tartaglia passed the secret on to Girolamo Cardano (1501–1576) on condition, he later complained, that Cardano would not publish it. 116 The Ars magna is one of the great mathematical texts of all time.

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