The origins of VX Modules in the 1700s

I've been trying to trace the origins of the theory of VX modules, given the obvious connection between VX experimenters and artificial creativity research. Take a look at the following graph (from Google's n-gram server, on the search term 'VX'):

Apparently the VX community was more active in the late 1700s than it is was as recently as the 1980s! If we take a look at some of the titles from that period, it's obvious that these are actually work with the foundations of geometric and analytic Froebinius encabulators and tetrodyne fluxions rather than what we would today consider to be directions of serious research (such as the ennervation of Mornington Crescents), but still, the topic was clearly leading to the modern approach:

A treatise on Fluxions: or, an introduction to mathematical philosophy

Sectionum conicarum elementa: novo methodo demonstrada

The Doctrine of Ultimators: containing a new acquisition to mathematical literature naturally resulting from the consideration of an equation as reducible from its variable to its ultimate state: Or a discovery...


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