Contents page for Stephen Johnston, ‘Making mathematical practice: gentlemen, practitioners and artisans in Elizabethan England’ (Ph.D. Cambridge, 1994). All the chapter text is online; the images will gradually follow as time permits. There is also an abstract available.


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Textual conventions

I   The terrain of mathematics
1. Mapping the mathematical arts and sciences
2. Locating English mathematics: the court and universities
3. Mathematical practice and mathematical practitioners

II   Thomas Digges, gentleman and mathematician
1. The identity of Thomas Digges
2. Polyhedra, astronomy and Digges’s early career
3. The active citizen
4. Artillery as mathematical science
5. The making of a mathematical practitioner

III   Mathew Baker and the art of the shipwright
1. ‘Fragments of Ancient English Shipwrightry’
2. The place of design
3. Mathematical constructions
4. Mathematical practice and naval architecture

IV   Practitioners and mechanicians
1. Navigation, magnetism and mathematical practice
2. The uses of mathematical instruments
3. Expert artisans and ingenious gentlemen

V   Dover harbour: constructing design, designing construction
1. Harbour design and mathematical practice
2. ‘A perfect and an absolute work’
3. Practical geometry, plats and design
4. Practitioners, arithmetic and money
5. Controversy, argument and error

VI   Conclusion