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Edward Cocker (1632?–1676) and his Arithmetick : De Morgan demolished

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Abstract:

Edward Cocker was a well-known writing master and engraver during his lifetime, but is chiefly remembered for his posthumous arithmetic textbook, immortalized in the saying ‘According to Cocker'. The book proved popular, being right for its time, and it remained in use for a century. It unexpectedly became the subject of controversy when Augustus De Morgan pronounced it to be the produce of its editor, John Hawkins. Research now shows that there is little doubt that it was really Cocker's work.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00033799700200471

Affiliations: Project for Historical Biobibliography (PHIBB), 43 Briarfield Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3UH, UK

Publication date: September 1, 1997

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