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Robert Adrain (1775-1843), a prominent scientist and mathematician, was born in Carrickfergus, Ireland but fled to Princeton, New Jersey as a result of a wound sustained in the Rebellion of 1798. Adrain taught at the Academies at Princeton, York, and Reading as well as Rutgers University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania, but he is best known for his formulation of the method of least squares. Adrain was also an editor of the Mathematical Correspondent, the United States' first mathematical journal, and attempted to found his own journal,The Analyst, or, Mathematical Museum in 1808 and 1814, but he did so with little success. He then foundedThe Mathematical Diary in 1825 which, presumably due to its wider audience appeal, remained in publication through 1832.
This collection consists of two series. The first includes mathematical and scientific texts from Adrain's library written in English, French, and Latin, and the second holds cards containing a list of books from Adrain's library as well as a letter concerning Adrain's potential appointment to a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania.
Gift of the great-grandchildren of Robert Adrain, through the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Duncan, 1926.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Molly B. Hutt
- Finding Aid Date
- 2015 April 16
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
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