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John Craig


CRAIG, JOHN, an eminent mathematician, flourished at the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries. The only circumstance known respecting his life is, that he was vicar of Gillingham in Dorsetshire. The following list of his writings is given in Watt’s Bibliotheca Britannica – "Methodus figurarum, lineis rectis et curvis comprehensarum: quadraturas determinandi. London, 1685, 4to. – Iraetatus Mathematicus, de figurarum curvilinearum, &c. et locis geometricis. London, 1692, 1693, 4 to. – Theologiae Christianae Principia Mathematica. London, 1699, 4 to. Reprinted, Leipsic, 1755. – De Calculo fluentium, lib. ii. et de optica analytica, lib. ii. London, 1718, 4 to. – The quantity of the Logarithmic Curve; translated from the Latin, Phil. Trans. Abr. Iv. 318, 1698. – Quantity of Figures geometrically irrational. Ib. 202, 1697. – Letter containing solutions of two Problems: 1, on the solid of Least Resistance; 2. the Curve of Quickest Descent. Ib, 542, 1701. – Specimen of determining the Quadrature of Figures Ib. v. 24, 1703. – Solution of Bernouilli’s Problem. Ib. 90, 1704. – Of the length of Curve Lines. Ib. 406, 1708. – Method of making Logarithms. Ib. 609, 1710. – Description of the head of a monstrous Calf. Ib. 668, 1712."


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