Emerson's 'Elements of Geometry'

Scope and Content

Manuscript version of 'Elements of Geometry'. It covers books 1-3, with 4 pages of notes on velocity which are dated 6 March 1767.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Emerson was born in Hurworth, Durham, on 14 May 1701. He went into teaching but did not enjoy it, so he decided to devote himself entirely to the study of mathematics. In 1749 he published his treatise on 'Fluxions', the first of a series of books. 'Elements of Geometry' was published in 1763. He also published a regular course of mathematical manuals for young students. Emerson died on 20 May 1782.

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Acquisition Information

Presented to University College London by Sir Gregory Foster.

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