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The art of changes: Bell- ringing, anagrams, and the culture of combination in seventeenth- century England

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“Suppose we a number of things exposed, different from each other, as a, b, c, d, e, &c.;,” proposed the mathematician and cryptographer John Wallis in 1685. “The Question is; how many ways the order of these may be varied? As, for instance, how many changes may be Rung upon a certain Number of Bells; or, how many ways (by way of Anagram) a certain Number of (different) Letters, may be differently ordered?” Wallis’s question, written in an appendix to his history of algebra, is an appe...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1215/10829636-4403136

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
English
Oxford college:
Queens College
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Publisher:
Duke University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Journal website
Volume:
48
Issue:
2
Pages:
387-412
Publication date:
2018-05-01
Acceptance date:
2017-07-12
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EISSN:
1527-8263
ISSN:
1082-9636
Pubs id:
pubs:726047
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uri:fad1eb36-e5c3-40ff-bed0-892106b35551
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uuid:fad1eb36-e5c3-40ff-bed0-892106b35551
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