Mathematical Treasures - Arabic Book of “The Middle Books”

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Kitab al-Mutawassitat, or The Book of “The Middle Books,” is an Arabic compilation of mathematical works. This miscellany (Oriental MS Plimpton 306) is composed of 17 mathematical texts plus tables and contains treatises by Euclid, Theodosius, Menelaus, and others. It dates between the 15th and 18th centuries.

Early modern Arabic mathematics manuscript.

The image above was obtained through the courtesy of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

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