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Practical mathematics in a commercial metropolis

Mathematical life in late 16th century Antwerp

Series: Archimedes, Vol. 31

Meskens, Ad

2013, XV, 258 p. 135 illus.

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  • First study  of the social situation of 16th century mathematics teachers and the effects of external influences on their social position
  • Lavishly illustrated with archival and iconographic material
  • Includes a chapter on a forgotten mathematical practice, winegauging, which led Kepler to solids of revolution and infinitesimals
This volumedescribes the development and the ultimate demise of the practice of mathematics in sixteenth century Antwerp. Against the background of the violent history of the Religious Wars the story of the practice of mathematics in Antwerp is told through the lives of two protagonists Michiel Coignet and Peeter Heyns. The book touches on all aspects of practical mathematics from teaching  and instrument making to the practice of building fortifications of the practice of navigation.​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » 16th century instruments - Antwerp in the sixteenth century - History of mathematics - Michiel Coignet - Peeter Heyns - history of science - mathematical development

Related subjects » History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - History of Mathematical Sciences - History of Science

Table of contents 

1 Preface.- 2 Introduction.- 3 The Family Coignet.- 4 Peeter Heyns and the Nymphs of the Laurel Tree.- 5 The Arithmetic Teacher and his School.- 6 The Antwerp arithmetic books.- 7 Winegauging.- 8 Instrumentmakers.- 9 The Art of Navigation.- 10 Mapping the World.- 11 Looking towards the Stars.- 12 Ballistics and fortifications.- 13 Conclusion.- Appendices.- Index.​

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