The Duty and Reward of Bounty to the Poor: in a Sermon Preached at the Spittal upon Wednesday in Easter Week Anno Dom. MDCXLXXI [1671

BARROW, Isaac.
London: Printed by Andrew Clark for Brabazon Aylmer at the Three Pigeons in Cornhill, 1671.
First edition. 230 pp.
16mo, rebound in full polished calf decorated in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Fine. Pages a little trimmed in margins.


Isaac Barrow (October 1630 – 4 May 1677) was an English Christian theologian and mathematician who is generally given credit for his early role in the development of infinitesimal calculus; in particular, for the discovery of the fundamental theorem of calculus. His work centered on the properties of the tangent; Barrow was the first to calculate the tangents of the kappa curve. Isaac Newton was a student of Barrow's, and Newton went on to develop calculus in a modern form. The lunar crater Barrow is named after him.

On the Restoration in 1660, he was ordained and appointed to the Regius Professorship of Greek at Cambridge. In 1662 he was made professor of geometry at Gresham College, and in 1663 was selected as the first occupier of the Lucasian chair at Cambridge. During his tenure of this chair he published two mathematical works of great learning and elegance, the first on geometry and the second on optics. In 1669 he resigned his professorship in favour of Isaac Newton. About this time, Barrow composed his Expositions of the Creed, The Lord's Prayer, Decalogue, and Sacraments. For the remainder of his life he devoted himself to the study of divinity. He was made a D.D. by Royal mandate in 1670, and two years later Master of Trinity College (1672), where he founded the library, and held the post until his death.
Besides the works above mentioned, he wrote other important treatises on mathematics, but in literature his place is chiefly supported by his sermons, which are masterpieces of argumentative eloquence, while his Treatise on the Pope's Supremacy is regarded as one of the most perfect specimens of controversy in existence. Barrow's character as a man was in all respects worthy of his great talents, though he had a strong vein of eccentricity. He died unmarried in London at the early age of 46, and was buried at Westminster Abbey -wikipedia. [Wing B933].

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