Wessel on vectors. (English)

Swetz, Frank (ed.) et al., Learn from the masters. Proceedings of the international conference/workshop on the history of mathematics, held in Kristiansand, Norway, August of 1988. Providence, RI: Mathematical Association of America (ISBN 0-88385-703-0/pbk). Classr. Resour. Mater., 207-213 (1995).

Summary: The author reviews the work of the Norwegian Caspar Wessel who provided a graphical meaning to the concept of vectors in two dimensions and attempted to extend it to three dimensions. The authorâ€™s historical comments on vectors reflect on both mathematics and physics teaching.