Cocker's Decimal Arithmetick  

Author  Edward Cocker 
Country  United Kingdom 
Language  English 
Subject(s)  Mathematics 
Publisher  Passinger u.a. 
Publication date  1684 
Media type  Print (hardcover) 
OCLC Number  165934587 
Cocker's Decimal Arithmetick is a grammar school mathematics textbook written by Edward Cocker (1631–1676) and published posthumously by John Hawkins in 1684.^{[1]} Decimal Arithmetick along with companion volume, Cocker's Arithmetick published in 1677, were used in schools in the United Kingdom for more than 150 years.
The concept of decimal fractions and the advantages of using them in calculations were well known, but a wide variety of different notations were in use.^{[2]} After surveying various notations, Decimal Arithmetick recommends the decimal point notation introduced by John Napier:
Decimal Arithmetick gives instructions for calculations involving decimals, methods of extracting roots, and an overview of the concept of logarithms. There are many worked examples, some of which involve solid geometry or the calculation of interest.
