Thomas Bayes and fluxions

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In 1736 Bayes wrote a tract on Newton's fluxions. The tract was one of several explanations of fluxions which appeared following Berkeley's attack upon Newton's ideas in The Analyst. Bayes began with a careful discussion of the meaning of fluxions and prime and ultimate ratios. He proceeded to develop the properties of prime and ultimate ratios in a way not unlike Cauchy's treatment of limits, using these results to prove some basic theorems concerning the calculation of fluxions. © 1980, All rights reserved.




Smith, G. C. (1980). Thomas Bayes and fluxions. Historia Mathematica, 7(4), 379–388.

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