Papers of John Wallis

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      GB 161 MSS. Don. c. 49, d. 45, e. 12
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Scope and Content

Notes, calculations, and problems by John Wallis. For a description of the mathematical parts of these manuscripts, see C.J. Scriba, Studien zur Mathematik des John Wallis (Boethius. Texte und Abhandlungen zur Geschichte der exakten Wissenschaften vi, Wiesbaden, 1966), 115-16.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Wallis (1616-1703) was a mathematician. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bought at Sotheby's in 1935 and given to the Library by the Friends of the Bodleian.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38827-9.

Custodial History

The papers were owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps.