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Mathematical Printed Collection

1,000 items (dispersed).

The Library has a wide range of printed works which chart the history of mathematics, from ancient times to the nineteenth century.

All the eminent Greek mathematicians are represented in early or significant editions:

Medieval and Renaissance writers in the collection include:

The great expansion of mathematical studies in the seventeenth century is reflected in the number of editions of Galileo Galilei, Marin Mersenne, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal and Gottfried Leibniz.

For Galileo the Library holds first editions of Il Saggiatore (Rome, 1623), Dialogo… sopra i Due Massimi Sistemi del Mondo (Florence, 1632), and Discorsi e Dimonstrazioni Matematiche (Leiden, 1638).

Pascal’s important contributions to mathematical science are represented by first editions of Traitez de l’Équilibre des Liqueurs et de la Pesanteur de la Masse de l’Air (Paris, 1663), Traité du Triangle Arithmétique (Paris, 1665), and Lettres… contenant quelques unes de ses inventions de Géometrie (Paris, 1659); in the last, written under the pseudonym of Amos Dettonville, Pascal provided solutions to the problems of cycloids that he had challenged other mathematicians to solve.

British mathematicians of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries include:

Among later mathematicians, attention should be drawn to the works of:

Finding aids

Recorded in general printed-book catalogue.


The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library