Tommy Kucera

(Department of Mathematics, University of Manitoba)

The First Calculus Textbook: The Marquis de l'Hospital

Date Thursday, March 15, 2012

Although various methods of approximation date back to ancient times, the organized development of what we now know as Calculus began with the work of Pierre de Fermat in the first half of the 17th century, followed by Wallis, James Gregory, and Newton's teacher Isaac Barrow in the middle of the 1600s. Newton and Leibniz brought these threads together into a coherent whole, independently, roughly in the period 1665-1685, with a great deal of very heated controversy arising in the early 1700s over who