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Collection Level Description: Papers of John Wallis

Reference: MSS. Don. c. 49, d. 45, e. 12
Title: Papers of John Wallis
Dates of Creation: 1651-95
Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

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

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 Information

Custodial History

The papers were owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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Further Information

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.

Access Points


Wallis | John | 1616-1703 | Mathematician

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