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Taylor, Brook

Born: 1685 AD
Died: 1731 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Mathematicians

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John Keill, he obtained a remarkable solution of the problem of the "center of oscillation", which, however, remaining unpublished until May, his claim to priority was unjustly disputed by John Bernoulli.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.