Method of indivisibles


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a kind of calculus, formerly in use, in which lines were considered as made up of an infinite number of points; surfaces, as made up of an infinite number of lines; and volumes, as made up of an infinite number of surfaces.

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A generation later, the "method of indivisibles" would be transformed into the differential and integral calculus of Leibniz and Newton, revolutionizing the mathematical foundation of the modern scientific landscape.
Andersen, Kirsti (1985).Cavalieri's Method of Indivisibles. Archive for History of Exact Sciences, 31, 291-367.
Aspects of that work and of John Wallis's "method of indivisibles" led him to invent new methods for dealing with the problems of quadratures and tangents of curves, resulting in what we now know as the calculus.
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