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Jan de Witt’s Elementa Curvarum Linearum

Liber Secundus

Grootendorst, A.W., Aarts, J., Bakker, M., Erné, R. (Eds.)

2010, XII, 320 p.

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  • Annotation explains the finer points of the translation
  • Includes extensive commentary on the mathematics
  • Makes the work of Jan de Witt accessible to a broad contemporary audience

- Following on from the 2000 edition of Jan De Witt’s Elementa Curvarum Linearum, Liber Primus, this book provides the accompanying translation of the second volume of Elementa Curvarum Linearum (Foundations of Curved Lines). One of the first books to be published on Analytic Geometry, it was originally written in Latin by the Dutch statesman and mathematician Jan de Witt, soon after Descartes’ invention of the subject.

- Born in 1625, Jan de Witt served with distinction as Grand Pensionary of Holland for much of his adult life. In mathematics, he is best known for his work in actuarial mathematics as well as extensive contributions to analytic geometry.

- Elementa Curvarum Linearum, Liber Secondus moves forward from the construction of the familiar conic sections covered in the Liber Primus, with a discussion of problems connected with their classification; given an equation, it covers how one can recover the standard form, and additionally how one can find the equation's geometric properties.

- This volume, begun by Albert Grootendorst (1924-2004) and completed after his death by Jan Aarts, Reinie Erné and Miente Bakker, is supplemented by:

- annotation explaining finer points of the translation;

- extensive commentary on the mathematics

These features make the work of Jan de Witt broadly accessible to today’s mathematicians.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Analytic geometry - Elementa Curvarum Linearum - Elements of curves - Jan de Witt

Related subjects » Geometry & Topology - History of Mathematical Sciences

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Summary.- Latin text and translation.- Annotations to the translation.

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