Taylor, Brook, 1685-1731

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Birth 1685-08-18
Death 1731-11-30
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English

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Epithet: Dr; of Bifrons

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001151.0x000178

Brook Taylor was born into a wealthy family at Edmonton, Middlesex, in 1685. He was educated by private tutors and had a good grounding in classics and mathematics before entering St John's College, Cambridge in 1703. By the time he graduated with an LL.B in 1709, his main interests were already in the field of mathematics. Elected to membership of the Royal Society in 1712 and to the position of Secretary in 1714, he resigned in 1718, partly for health reasons. His most important contribution to the study of mathematics was in the theory of calculus. From 1712 onwards he wrote numerous papers for the Philosophical Transactions and published several books, including a treatise on perspective. He died at Somerset House in 1731.

From the guide to the To a young lady who commanded a mathematician to write verses, by Brook Taylor, ca.1710, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

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