## A Short Account of the History of Mathematics

### by W.W. Rouse Ball

This book contains selections from *A Short Account of the History of Mathematics, *first published in 1908.* A Short Account of the History of Mathematics* is a classic and essential text in the history of math. It covers all of the major historical periods in the development of mathematics to the end of the 19th century, and it includes biographies of key figures in the field.

**Source:**
Ball, W.W.R. (1908). A Short Account of the History of Mathematics. London, New York: Macmillan.

- Rene Descartes
- A biography of Rene Descartes.
- Isaac Barrow
- A biography of Isaac Barrow.
- John Wallis
- A biography of John Wallis.
- William, Viscount Brouncker
- A biography of William, Viscount Brouncker.
- James Gregory
- A biography of James Gregory.
- Bonaventura Cavalieri
- A biography of Bonaventura Cavalieri.
- Christian Huygens
- A biography of Christian Huygens.
- Blaise Pascal
- A biography of Blaise Pascal.
- Brook Taylor
- A biography of Brook Taylor.
- John Baptiste Joseph Fourier
- A biography of John Baptiste Joseph Fourier.
- Gaspard Monge
- A biography of Gaspard Monge.
- Johann Heinrich Lambert
- A biography of Johann Heinrich Lambert.
- Joseph Louis Lagrange
- A biography of Joseph Louis Lagrange.
- Johann Friedrich Pfaff
- A biography of Johann Friedrich Pfaff.
- Thomas Simpson
- A biography of Thomas Simpson.
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz
- A biography of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz.
- The Bernoullis
- A biography of James, John, Daniel, and other members of the Bernoulli family.
- Some English Experimental Physicists
- A biography of physicists Cavendish, Rumford, Young, and Dalton.
- The Introduction of Analysis into England
- A description of the analytical methods brought to England.
- Sir Isaac Newton
- A biography of Sir Isaac Newton.
- French Physicists Contemporary with Fourier and Poisson
- A biography of Sadi Carnot, Andre Marie Ampere, Augustin Jean Fresnel, and Francois Jean Arago.
- French Contemporaries of Lagrange and Laplace
- A biography of Etienne Bezout, Francois Antoine Arbogast, Jean Trembley, Lazare Nicholas Carnot, and Jean Victor Poncelet.
- British Contemporaries of Newton, Taylor, Maclaurin and Simpson
- A biography of David Gregory, Edmund Halley, Humphrey Ditton, Roger Cotes, Abraham de Moivre, and Matthew Stewart.