Talk:Thomas Simpson

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Shouldn't the history of Simpson's Rule be on that article, not here? -- 11:39, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Where's the evidence for Keppler being the original discoverer of Simpson's rule? - Taxman 05:35, May 22, 2005 (UTC)

Agreed. A few quick google searches doesn't show any connection between Kepler and the rule. However, I did stumble across something indicating that the formula originated with the egyptians: link - --Orang55 06:00, 27 April 2006 (UTC)
That probably depends on the search terms. In textbooks on numerical mathematics written in German this method is often also referred to as Keplersche Fassregel. The original reference appears to be the work Nova Stereometria doliorum vinariorum published by Kepler in Linz in 1615. According to the German wikipedia entry Kepler got interested in computing the contents of wine barrels, because he was not satisfied by the procedure the merchant employed from which he had bought the casks for his second wedding. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:19, 15 June 2009 (UTC)


Just wondering how Simpson managed to be appointed Regius professor of St Andrew's at the ripe old age of 25 whilst he was still touting his mathematical wares around the coffee bars of London? This spatial difficulty is then trumped by his temporal feat of continuing in this post until 1768 after his death in 1761. Shome mishtake shurely? Chrysippo (talk) 11:58, 20 April 2011 (UTC)