Gibson: History of Scottish Mathematics

In 1927 the Edinburgh Mathematical Society began to publish Series 2 of the Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society. The first paper in the new Series was by George Gibson and it was the first part of his two-part paper Sketch of the History of Mathematics in Scotland to the end of the 18th Century. The first part occupied the first 17 pages of Volume I, Part I issued in May 1927. The second part of his paper occupied pages 71 to 93 of Volume I, and was issued as the first paper in Part II. We present a version of the paper below. We have broken the paper into smaller parts for convenience of presenting it in our archive but this is a somewhat arbitrary division and certainly was not intended by Gibson.


  1. Gibson History 1 - Introduction

  2. Gibson History 2 - Mathematics in the schools

  3. Gibson History 3 - Founding of the Universities

  4. Gibson History 4 - John Napier

  5. Gibson History 5 - James Gregory

  6. Gibson History 6 - More Gregorys

  7. Gibson History 7 - Robert Simson

  8. Gibson History 8 - James Stirling

  9. Gibson History 9 - Colin Maclaurin

  10. Gibson History 10 - Matthew Stewart, John Stewart, William Trail

  11. Gibson History 11 - John Playfair, Sir John Leslie

  12. Gibson History 12 - Minor figures, Arithmetic Books

  13. Gibson History 13 - Postscript


JOC/EFR April 2007

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