Maclaurin, Colin (1698–1746)
Colin Maclaurin was a Scottish mathematician who developed and extended Isaac Newton's
work on calculus and gravitation, and did
notable work on higher plane curves. In his Treatise of Fluxions (1742), he gave the first systematic formulation of Newton's methods and
set out a method for expanding functions about the origin in terms of series
now known as Maclaurin series. Maclaurin also invented
several devices, made astronomical observations, wrote on the structure
of bees' honeycombs, and improved maps of the Scottish isles.