Science Networks. Historical Studies

Jost Bürgi's Aritmetische und Geometrische Progreß Tabulen (1620)

Edition and Commentary

Authors: Clark, Kathleen

  • Presents the first-ever English translation of Jost Bürgi's Arithmetische und Geometrische Progreß Tabulen
  • Includes full-color, high-resolution scans of 23 pages of text and 58 tables from an original copy of the work
  • Provides transcriptions of two of the surviving editions of Bürgi's work side-by-side so readers can examine the differences between the two manuscripts
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This monograph presents a groundbreaking scholarly treatment of the German mathematician Jost Bürgi’s original work on logarithms, Arithmetische und Geometrische Progreß Tabulen.  It provides the first-ever English translation of Bürgi’s text and illuminates his role in the development of the conception of logarithms, for which John Napier is traditionally given priority.  High-resolution scans of each page of the his handwritten text are reproduced for the reader and as a means of preserving an important work for which there are very few surviving copies.

The book begins with a brief biography of Bürgi to familiarize readers with his life and work, as well as to offer an historical context in which to explore his contributions.  The second chapter then describes the extant copies of the Arithmetische und Geometrische Progreß Tabulen, with a detailed description of the copy that is the focus of this book, the 1620 “Graz manuscript”.  A complete facsimile of the text is included in the next chapter, along with a corresponding transcription and an English translation; a transcription of a second version of the manuscript (the “Gdansk manuscript”) is included alongside that of the Graz edition so that readers can easily and closely examine the differences between the two.  The final chapter considers two important questions about Bürgi’s work, such as who was the copyist of the Graz manuscript and what the relationship is between the Graz and Gdansk versions.  Appendices are also included that contain a timeline of Bürgi’s life, the underlying concept of Napier’s construction of logarithms, and scans of all 58 sheets of the tables from Bürgi’s text.

Anyone with an appreciation for the history of mathematics will find this book to be an insightful and interesting look at an important and often overlooked work.  It will also be a valuable resource for undergraduates taking courses in the history of mathematics, researchers of the history of mathematics, and professors of mathematics education who wish to incorporate historical context into their teaching. 




Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • A Brief Biography of Jost Bürgi (1552–1632)

    Clark, Kathleen

    Pages 1-12

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  • Details of Aritmetische und Geometrische Progreß Tabulen: Printed Tables, Manuscripts, and Mathematical Details

    Clark, Kathleen

    Pages 13-28

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  • Aritmetische und Geometrische Progreß Tabulen: Edition, Translation, and Commentary

    Clark, Kathleen

    Pages 29-175

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  • Final Perspectives

    Clark, Kathleen

    Pages 177-179

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Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3161-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3160-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Jost Bürgi's Aritmetische und Geometrische Progreß Tabulen (1620)
Book Subtitle
Edition and Commentary
Authors
Series Title
Science Networks. Historical Studies
Series Volume
53
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-3161-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-3161-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-3160-6
Series ISSN
1421-6329
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 258
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 93 illustrations in colour
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