TY - BOOK

T1 - The First Algebra Printed in English: The Whetstone of Witte (1557) of Robert Recorde

AU - Piotti, Sonia Rachele

PY - 2005

Y1 - 2005

N2 - This volume investigates Robert Recorde's (1510ca.-1558) contribution to the origin and historical development of the English vocabulary of mathematical science in Tudor England. Special attention is given to his treatise "The Whetstone of Witte" (1557), which was the first competent introduction to algebra printed in the English language.
While analysing Recorde's attitudes to mathematical terms in English, a language which had no vernacular tradition in that subject, this study also tries to bring to light the extent to which this Tudor "Scientist" (Kaplan 1960) was able to "bridge the gap between the university and the craftsman through his skillful use of the vernacular" (Kaplan 1960: 180) and to assess whether the direction, the intent and the language of his science can only be accounted for by his time.
The data for this study originate from the scrutiny of all Recorde's works and the scrutiny of the Latin and vernacular works of the Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary sources that had been in use among continental mathematicians for a long time.

AB - This volume investigates Robert Recorde's (1510ca.-1558) contribution to the origin and historical development of the English vocabulary of mathematical science in Tudor England. Special attention is given to his treatise "The Whetstone of Witte" (1557), which was the first competent introduction to algebra printed in the English language.
While analysing Recorde's attitudes to mathematical terms in English, a language which had no vernacular tradition in that subject, this study also tries to bring to light the extent to which this Tudor "Scientist" (Kaplan 1960) was able to "bridge the gap between the university and the craftsman through his skillful use of the vernacular" (Kaplan 1960: 180) and to assess whether the direction, the intent and the language of his science can only be accounted for by his time.
The data for this study originate from the scrutiny of all Recorde's works and the scrutiny of the Latin and vernacular works of the Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary sources that had been in use among continental mathematicians for a long time.

KW - Early Modern English

KW - Early Modern English Vocabulary of Algebra

KW - Lessico dell'Algbebra del Primo Inglese Moderno

KW - Primo Inglese Moderno

KW - RECORDE, ROBERT

KW - Early Modern English

KW - Early Modern English Vocabulary of Algebra

KW - Lessico dell'Algbebra del Primo Inglese Moderno

KW - Primo Inglese Moderno

KW - RECORDE, ROBERT

UR - http://hdl.handle.net/10807/1859

M3 - Book

SN - 88-8311-353-5

BT - The First Algebra Printed in English: The Whetstone of Witte (1557) of Robert Recorde

PB - ISU - Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

ER -