The day that Jonas died

Even fairly ardent scholars of 17th century mathematics are unlikely to have heard of Jonas Moore who died on 25th August 1679. There is no Moore’s theorem or algorithm no branch of mathematics that counts him amongst its founders or greatest developers, in fact in normal books on the general history of mathematics you’ll be lucky if you find him mentioned at all. He sole contribution to mainstream mathematics seems to have been the coining of the trigonometrical abbreviations cos for cosine, sin for sine, cot for cotangent etc not exactly something to excite those interested in the evolution of mathematics. However Moore did play an important role in the history of the mathematical sciences as a facilitator and as such should be better known than he is. [read more]

About thonyc

Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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