## Montucla, Jean Etienne (1725–1799)Histoire des mathématiques
(1758) was published in two volumes, the first of which covers the subject
from ancient times to 1700, while the second is entirely devoted to 17th
century mathematics. It is considered the first attempt at a history of
mathematical ideas and problems, in contrast to earlier works that were
mostly lists of names, titles, and dates. 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. ## Related category• MATHEMATICIANS | ||||||

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