John Wallis

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Wallis was born in Ashford, Kent, England back in 1616 to the Reverend John Wallis and Joanna. Educated at James Movat’s school in Tenterden he was first exposed to mathematics in 1631, at Martin Holbeach’s school in Felsted.

He had his sights set on being a doctor when he enrolled at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His interest was on the circulation of blood however, mathematics held his interest. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1637 and a Master’s in 1640. He entered the priesthood, from 1643 to 1649 he served as a scribe at the Westminster Assembly. Sadly, he resigned as he married but that did not stop him.

He made significant contribution to trigonometry, calculus and geometry. What you may not know about John is that he is responsible for the development of infinitesimal calculus. However, he is credited with introducing the symbol ∞ for infinity. He also used 1/∞ for an infinitesimal. The old saying infinity and beyond (remember)? Well now you know who started the whole thing. He died in 1703 in Oxford, England he was 86.

Some of the symbols and equations are way beyond me actually, they all are. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

The apptitude and abilities in math would explain why I don't know John Wallis...thank goodness for the calculator !

Jul 09, 2017 04:31 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Beyond my mathmatical skills without argument. Enjoy your day!

Jul 09, 2017 04:40 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Mathmatics a second love so I have heard of him!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 09, 2017 05:03 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting information.

Jul 09, 2017 05:03 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This is exactly what I was going to say, James:

Some of the symbols and equations are way beyond me actually, they all are. 

Jul 09, 2017 05:05 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Those symbols are beyond me also but I know that they have changed the way we live.

Jul 09, 2017 05:17 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well the infinity symbol is sure popular with jewelry makes these days.

Jul 09, 2017 05:32 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

An infinitesimal small piece of history that I did not know!

Jul 09, 2017 05:37 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

You always some up with such interesting people that made a difference for all. No different with John Wallis a man with a great apptitude and abilities in math!   

Jul 09, 2017 05:48 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Interesting that he died where I was born, Oxford, England.  Of course, a lot of people have been born there and a lot of people have died there, haha.

Jul 09, 2017 06:45 AM #10
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an incredible story and I was glad to read it.

Jul 09, 2017 07:26 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This math is way beyond me, but I do know the infinity sign.  I have a ring shaped that way, and it is my favorite. A

Jul 09, 2017 07:33 AM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I can hardly pronounce the word trig however I know his work has been a catalyst to form today's life and products. Thank you James Dray 

Jul 09, 2017 08:06 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I did very well in trig but remember absolutely none of it. 

Jul 09, 2017 05:33 PM #14
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

It all was greek to me.... my pain point was math.

Jul 10, 2017 05:14 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray, I have always been fascinated with those who study in depth mathematics; however, I did not get any of those good genes to understand the field.   My level was sort of like the following example:  If train A left NY for Chicago at 10 AM, traveling 110 miles per hour and train B left Chicago for NY at 10:20 AM at 120 miles per hours, what is the approximate time the two trains meet.......?  Forget Calculus..... :)

Jul 10, 2017 11:47 PM #16
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

So he is the bane of so many high school students. Although the infinity symbol is really great.

Jul 12, 2017 10:00 AM #17
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing, James Dray. It is always interesting reading stories like this. Over three hundred years ago and they got it and it is still beyond many of us. 


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