Before calculus

  title={Before calculus},
  author={Matthias Schemmel},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society},
  pages={303 - 304}
In the history of the mathematical sciences it is fascinating to see how new challenges bring about new solutions. In early modern times, mathematicians were increasingly confronted with functional relations between quantities. These relations, in which one quantity depends on another, occurred in various contexts such as navigation and cartography, theories of motion, and celestial mechanics. The tools available to deal with them, such as the theory of proportions or diagrammatic… Expand