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Practical mathematics in a commercial metropolis: Mathematical life in late 16th century Antwerp (1st Edition)

1st Edition
Book Info
Year: 2013
Pages: 258
Language: English
Series: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-5721-9
ISBN: 9789400757202,9789400757219

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.​



Front Matter....Pages i-xv
Introduction....Pages 1-8
The Coignet Family....Pages 9-23
Peter Heyns and the Nymphs of the Laurel Tree....Pages 25-34
The Arithmetic Teacher and His School....Pages 35-56
The Antwerp Arithmetic Books....Pages 57-95
Wine Gauging....Pages 97-112
Instrument Makers....Pages 113-137
The Art of Navigation....Pages 139-160
Mapping the World....Pages 161-177
Stargazing....Pages 179-196
Ballistics and Fortifications....Pages 197-210
Conclusion....Pages 211-212
Back Matter....Pages 213-258