Montucla, Jean Etienne (1725–1799)
Montucla had intended to produce a third volume covering the first half of the 18th century but the amount of new developments that had appeared during this time, and the difficulties of putting recent work into its historical context, led him to abandon this aim. A few years later he published another text for which he is famed – a new, greatly expanded and improved edition of Jacques Ozanam's Récréations mathématiques et physiques (1778). Montucla's edition was particularly influential in popularizing geometric dissection problems. Charles Hutton translated it into English in 1803 and Riddle's edition was published in 1844, called Recreations in science and natural philosophy.
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