A Book for the King: John Geddy's Methodi sive compendii mathematici (1586)

A.D.D. Craik

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Abstract

A remarkable little-known manuscript, Methodi sive compendii mathematici, was written by John Geddy (or perhaps Geddie) in St Andrews in 1586. This purports to be the first book of four, but no others are known to exist. It was composed for King James VI of Scotland, then aged twenty, who in 1603 would also become King James I of England. Prefaces extol the King and refer to Geddy's time in Paris, while the main text is devoted to arithmetic. The whole is written in beautiful calligraphy, with many letters highlighted in gold and with ornate capitals. This work and its context are described.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
VolumeLatest articles
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

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