Person: Moore, Jonas
Jonas Moore was an English man of science important for his support of mathematics and astronomy.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Moore was greatly influenced by Oughtred in his mathematical studies.
- However, he found it difficult to find sufficiently many pupils so Moore was happy to be appointed as a surveyor in 1649.
- Moore made a reputation for himself in this job and soon was appointed to other surveying jobs.
- The dedication of the republished work shows that Moore was working hard to find favour with the new regime.
- In 1663 Moore was sent to Tangier to conduct a survey and to report on its fortifications.
- However Moore is not particularly famous for the mathematics which he did: as a mathematician he is best known as the first to use the notation cot.
- Rather Moore is famous for his strong support of mathematics and astronomy which made many other mathematical and astronomical advances possible.
- Moore, together with the famous diary writer Samuel Pepys, founded the Royal Mathematical School within Christ's Hospital.
- Moore became a governor of the school and together with Perkins, a master at the school, he wrote a major mathematical work intended for use at the Royal Mathematical School.
- Moore died however before the work could be published.
- Moore wrote the sections on arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry and cosmography while the sections on algebra, Euclid and navigation were written by Perkins.
- Moore died in 1679 while on a journey from Portsmouth to London.
Born 8 February 1627, Whitelee, Pendle Forest, Lancashire, England. Died 25 August 1679, Godalming, England.
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Analysis, Astronomy, Geography, Geometry, Origin England
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive