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George Lewis Scott

(1708—1780) mathematician


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George Lewis Scott was born in Hanover, and died most probably in London. He was a celebrated mathematician and pupil of De Moivre. Although his father had been a close friend of George I, Scott himself was suspected of Jacobite leanings; nevertheless he held a number of government posts, including serving as a commissioner of excise from 1758 to 1780. A friend of Gibbon, he corresponded with the latter during the writing of the Decline and Fall. He was married, unhappily, to the novelist and historian Sarah Scott, from whom he finally separated after she accused him of poisoning her. His most notable work was the compilation of A Supplement to Mr. Chambers' Cyclopaedia (1753).

From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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