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Born into a wealthy home, I received a great "in-home" education that led directly to my entry into the study of mathematics at St John's College Cambridge.

A close friend of both Newton and Halley, I was a strong defender of Newton in the calculus controversy.

My main mathematical work Methodus incrementorum directa et inversa included my eponymic series, some theorems on interpolation, and the calculus of finite differences.

Known as a gifted musician and artist, I applied geometrical methods to the problem of perspective, including the principle of vanishing points.

I published absolutely nothing in the final ten years of my life.

Answer: Brook Taylor (1685 - 1731)