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HERSCHEL, John Frederick William.
Consideration of Various Points of Analysis. Offprint from Philosophical Transactions.
London: printed by W. Bulmer [for the Royal Society], 1814. Very rare separately-paginated offprint of Herschel's account of the 'calculus of operations,' which formed a major part of the programme of reform promoted by the group of Cambridge mathematicians (which included Babbage and Herschel) who called themselves the 'Analytical Society.' Koppelman (p. 156) has argued that the reason that the most important contributions of British mathematicians in the first half of the nineteenth century were to abstract algebra "was a direct response of the English to a specific aspect of the work of Continental analysts which became accessible to them. The subject came to be called, by the English, the calculus of operations." The most important such contributions were made by Duncan Gregory and George Boole. "This technique - the calculus of operations, as it was known - was also important to Boole's early mathematical research on the calculus of finite differences; and Boole's knowledge of Gregory's defence of the technique underlies his algebraic analysis of logic in [Mathematical analysis of logic (1847)]" (Ewald, From Kant to Hilbert, p. 322). OCLC lists one copy only (Northwestern). Provenance: Marcus Nathan Adler (bookplate). Adler (1803-1890) was the Orthodox Chief Rabbi of the British Empire from 1845 until his death, probably the most prominent nineteenth-century rabbi in the English-speaking world. See image of bookplate at http://www.virtualjudaica.com/Item/27334/Ex-Libris_of_Rabbi_Marcus_Nathan_Adler "The calculus of operations involved separating symbols of operation - … [Click Below for Full Description]
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