Oct. 26. 1676


Two dayes since I sent you an answere to Mr. Leibnitius excellent letter after it was gone running my eyes over a transcript that I had made to be taken of it I found some things wch I could wish altered and I since I cannot now do it my self I desire you would doe it for me (those things are amended in this transcript.)

I feare I have been something too severe in taking notice of some oversights in Mr. Leibnitius letter considering the goodness and ingenuity of the Author and that it might have beene my owne fate in writing hastily to have committed the like oversights, but |y|et they being I think real oversights I suppose he cannot be offended at it if you think any thing be expressed too severely pray give me notice of it and I will endeavour to mollify it unless you will doe for with a word or two of your owne I beleive Mr. Leibnitius will not dislike th{illeg}|e| Theoreme towards the beginning of my letter (pag 5) for squaring curve lines Geometrically Sometime when I have more leisure iti {sic} possible I may send him a fuller account of it explaining how it is to be ordered for comparing curvilinear lines figures with one another and how the simplest figure is to be found with which a compounded curve may be compared Some other things in Mr. Leibnitius letter I once thought to have to{illeg}|u|g|c|ht you upon as the resolution of affected æquations and the impossibility of a geometricall Quadrature of the circle in which Mr Gregory seemes to have tripped{illeg} but I shall add one thing here that the series of æquations for the section of any angle by whole numbers which Mr. Tscurnhans {sic} saith he can derive by any easy methode one from an other is conteined in that one æquation wch I put in the third section of the problems in {illeg}|m|y former letter for cutting an angle in a given ratio and in another æquation like that also the coefficients of those æquations may be all obteined by this progression
1×n0×n11×n1×n2×n32×n2×n4×n53×n3×n6×n74×n4×&c The first coefficient being 1 the second 1×n0×n11×n1, the third{illeg} 1×n0×n11×n1×n2×n32×n2 &c and n being the number by which the Angle is to be cut. As if n be 5 then the series is 1×5×4 1×4×1×03×2 that is 1×5×1×0, and consequently the coefficients 1.5.5 So if n be 6 the series is 1×6×51×5×4×32×4×2×13×3×0 that is 1×6×32×29×0 & consequently ye coefficients this Scribble is not fit to be seene by any body nor {scarc{illeg}|e|} my other letter in yt blotted form I sent it unless it be by a freind{illeg}

|No 4|


Newton to Oldenburg


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