„It has always appeared to me that we sacriﬁce many of the advantages and more of the pleasures of studying any science by omitting all reference to the history of its progress: I have therefore occasionally introduced historical notices of those problems which are interesting either from the nature of the questions involved, or from their bearing on the history of the Calculus. …[T]hese digressions may serve to relieve the dryness of a mere collection of Examples.“
— Duncan Gregory
Examples of the processes of the differential and integral calculus, (1841), p. vi http://books.google.com/books?id=h7JT-QDuAHoC&pg=PR6, as cited in: Patricia R. Allaire and Robert E. Bradley. " Symbolical algebra as a foundation for calculus: DF Gregory's contribution http://poncelet.math.nthu.edu.tw/disk5/js/history/gregory.pdf." Historia Mathematica 29.4 (2002): p. 409.