2015
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-00131-9_14
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Abstract: International audienceThe present chapter is devoted, first, to discuss in detail the structure and results of Wallis's major and most influential mathematical work, the Arithmetica Infinitorum ([51]). Next we will revise Wallis's views on indivisibles as articulated in his answer to Hobbes's criticism in the early 1670s. Finally, we will turn to his discussion of the proper way to understand the angle of contingence in the first half of the 1680s. As we shall see, there are marked differences in the status th…

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