Footnotes: Taylor and Bernoulli

G. F. Simmons, Calculus with Analytic Geometry, footnote, p.495:

Brook Taylor (1685-1731) was secretary of the Royal Society and an enthusiastic supporter of Newton in his acrimonious controversy with Leibniz and the Bernoullis about the invention of calculus. Taylor published his power series expansion of a function in 1715, but only as a formula and without any consideration at all of the issue of convergence. Thus expansion had already been published by John Bernoulli in 1694. Taylor was fully aware of this fact, but chose to ignore it out of partisan malice. In those days science roused passions that today we see only in politics and religion.

The last sentence strikes me as very disappointed-sounding.  (Simmons’ text is littered with similar enjoyable tidbits.)

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