Archimedes

Practical mathematics in a commercial metropolis

Mathematical life in late 16th century Antwerp

Authors: Meskens, Ad

  • 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
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About this book

Describes 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.​

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“This remarkable book centers on the city of Antwerp in the latter half of the 16th century, but it will be of interest to anyone who is curious about the development of mathematics and its application to a variety of fields during that period. … This interesting and scholarly work enhances our knowledge of the role of applied mathematics not only in Antwerp but also in Europe. It can be warmly recommended.” (William R. Shea, Mathematical Reviews, December, 2013)

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eBook $159.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9903-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Practical mathematics in a commercial metropolis
Book Subtitle
Mathematical life in late 16th century Antwerp
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
31
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5721-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5721-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5720-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9903-5
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 258
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