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by Hannah Leitheiser

A short account of the history of mathematics | W. W. Rouse Ball | 1893 | Link |

2017-03-06

I think he was trying to make a funny.

Interesting, though, as you don't usually thing of there being much politics in calculus. The modern teaching that I've been exposed to alternates between Leibniz's dy/dx and Lagrange's prime notation, similar to the dot notation of Newton. Sometimes physics still uses dots for time variant functions, but it's fallen out in mathematics.