John Keill

(1671—1721) mathematician and natural philosopher

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Brook Taylor

Overview page. Subjects: Mathematics.


English mathematician who contributed to the development of calculus. His text of 1715 contains what has become known as the Taylor series. Its importance was not...

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James Keill

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James Keill was born in Edinburgh on 27 March 1673 and died at Northampton on 16 July 1719 of cancer of the mouth. He was the younger brother of the Newtonian physicist and astronomer John...

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Jean Theophile Desaguliers

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

Jean Theophile Desaguliers was born at La Rochelle in France on 12 March 1683, and died in London on 10 March 1744. His father, a Huguenot pastor, fled with his family from France to...

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John Freind

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

John Freind was born at Croton in Northamptonshire and died of a fever in London on 26 July 1728. The son of a rector, he was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, which...

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Joseph Black

Overview page. Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Philosophy.


British chemist and physician, born in France. He studied at Glasgow and Edinburgh, where his thesis (1754) contained the first accurate description of the chemistry of...

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Robert Steuart

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(d. 1742)

Robert Steuart was trained at Edinburgh (1690–94), graduating under Herbert Kennedy, a regent who included themes from David Gregory and Newton's Principia in his...

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William Whiston

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(1667–1752) British mathematician and geologist

Whiston, the son of a parish priest from Norton in England, was educated at Cambridge University, where he came to the attention of...

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