James Gregory

1638 - 1675

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James Gregory was a Scottish scientist and first Regius Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews who described the first practical reflecting telescope. He worked on using infinite convergent series to find the areas of the circle and hyperbola.
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List of References (22 books/articles)

A Poster of James Gregory

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. H W Turnbull's Scottish Contribution to the Calculus
  2. The Tercentenary of the birth of James Gregory
  3. Gregory's Observatory
  4. Gregory's Astronomical Clock
  5. The Upper Hall of the University Library
  6. Gibson History 5 - James Gregory
  7. Gregory tercentenary
  8. James Gregory's manuscripts on algebraic solutions of equations
  9. John Collins writes about himself
  10. John Collins and James Gregory discuss Tschirnhaus
  11. The Gregory-Collins correspondence
  12. James Gregory's commission for an Observatory in St Andrews
  13. James Gregory seeks John Flamsteed's advice concerning his Observatory
  14. The Rev John Gregory of Drumoak

Honours awarded to James Gregory
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Fellow of the Royal Society1668
Lunar featuresCrater Gregory and Catena Gregory


Other Web sites
  1. Ian Bruce A translation of Optica Promota
  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  3. The Galileo Project
  1. NAHSTE
  2. Rouse Ball
  3. Google books

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