Article ID: CBB000774619

The Introduction of Logarithms into Spain (2008)

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During the first half of the 17th century, logarithms were taught by some professors in Spain, but knowledge of this subject remained scanty until the publication of Architectura civil by Juan Caramuel (1678) and especially of Trigonometria española by José Zaragoza (1672). Logarithms were considered only as an aid for computation up to the second half of the 18th century. Only when the infinitesimal calculus became more widely spread in Spanish mathematics, analytical interpretations of logarithms were also taken into account in books such as Elementos de matemáticas by Benito Bails (1776).

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Description Explores early 17th-century works by Juan Caramuel and José Zaragoza and the more widespread 18th-century understanding of logarithms promoted by people such as Benito Bails.


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Authors & Contributors
Ausejo Martínez, Elena
Medrano Sánchez, F. Javier
Domingo Martínez-Verdú
Camúñez-Ruiz, José Antonio
Pérez-Hidalgo, María Dolores
Berenguer, Joaquim
Journals
British Journal for the History of Mathematics
Quaderns d'Història de l'Enginyeria
Llull: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Science and Education
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Publishers
Città del Silenzio
Publicaciones de la Universidad de Alicante
Springer-Verlag
P. Lang
Mathematical Association of America
Concepts
Mathematics
Calculus
Mathematics education
Mathematicians
Infinitesimals
Logarithms
People
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Euler, Leonhard
Newton, Isaac
Bernoulli, Johann
Bails, Benito
Bodenhausen, Rudolf Christian von (1640-1698)
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
19th century
Places
Spain
England
France
Europe
Institutions
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
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