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Thomas Harriot and the Great Mathematical Tradition

ByJon V. Pepper

By now there can be few who are unaware of the many-sided interests, indeed the genius of the man who, just 420 years ago, graduated from St Mary Hall, now incorporated into Oriel College.1 Thomas Harriot spent most of his life in the service of Sir Walter Ralegh and of Henry Percy, the ninth Earl of Northumberland, perhaps after a short period with Ralegh’s step-brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, who was lost at sea in the autumn of 1583.