# Contents

Preface

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Textual conventions

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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