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Taylor, Brook

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Born: 1685 AD
Died: 1731 AD, at 46 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Mathematicians

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1685 - Born on August 18th in Edmonton, Middlesex, England.

1701 - He entered St. John's College, Cambridge, as a fellow-commoner.

1708-1714 - Having studied mathematics under John Machin and John Keill, he obtained a remarkable solution of the problem of the "center of oscillation", which, however, remaining unpublished until May, his claim to priority was unjustly disputed by John Bernoulli.

         - Taylor was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, sat in the same year on the committee for adjudicating the claims of Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz.

         - He acted as secretary to the society.

1715 - Taylor's Methodus Incrementorum Directa et Inversa (London) added a new branch to the higher mathematics, now designated the calculus of finite differences.

1721 - His marriage with Miss Brydges of Wallington, Surrey, led to an estrangement from his father, a person of somewhat morose temper, which terminated after the death of the lady in giving birth to a son.

1725 - He married, with the paternal approbation, Sabetta, daughter of Mr. Sawbridge of Olantigh, Kent, who, by a strange fatality, died also in childbed.

1731 - Died on December 29th in London, England.

         - As a mathematician, he was the only Englishman after Sir Isaac Newton and Roger Cotes capable of holding his own with the Bernoullis; but a great part of the effect of his demonstrations was lost through his failure to express his ideas fully and clearly.

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