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The Elements of Algebra
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108066532

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  • In his autobiography, Charles Darwin wrote of his time at Cambridge: 'I attempted mathematics … but I got on very slowly. The work was repugnant to me, chiefly from my not being able to see any meaning in the early steps in algebra. This impatience was very foolish, and in after years I have deeply regretted that I did not proceed far enough at least to understand something of the great leading principles of mathematics, for men thus endowed seem to have an extra sense.' First published in 1795 and reissued here in its 1815 sixth edition, The Elements of Algebra by James Wood (1760–1839) was one of the standard Cambridge texts for decades, so its presence in Darwin's library aboard the Beagle is readily understandable. Then, as now, Cambridge had a high opinion of itself as a mathematical university. The contents of Wood's book give an interesting glimpse of the standards expected of the less able students.

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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108066532
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    On vulgar fractions
    On decimal fractions
    Signs used in algebra
    The addition of algebraical quantities
    Subtraction
    Multiplication
    Division
    On algebraical fractions
    Involution and evolution
    Simple equations
    Quadratic equations
    On ratios
    On proportion
    On variation
    On arithmetical progression
    On geometrical progression
    On permutations and combinations
    The binomial theorem
    On surds
    The nature of equations
    The transformation of equations
    The limits of the roots of equations
    The depression of equations
    The solution of recurring equations
    The solution of a cubic equation
    Des Cartes's solution of a biquadratic
    Dr Waring's solution
    The method of divisors
    The method of approximation
    The reversion of series
    The sums of the powers of the roots of an equation
    On the impossible roots of an equation
    On unlimited problems
    On continued fractions
    The value of a fraction whose numerator and denominator are evanescent
    The least common multiple
    The cube root
    On logarithms
    On interest and annuities
    On the summation of series
    On chances
    On life annuities
    On the nature of curves
    On the construction of equations
    General properties of curve lines.

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    James Wood

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