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Mathematical Treasure: Borelli's Revision of Euclid's Geometry

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608–1679) was an Italian physiologist, physicist, and mathematician. A versatile scientist, he was an acquaintance of Galileo and promoter of his scientific techniques. Borelli eventually became head of mathematics at the University of Pisa. His Euclide rinnovato (Euclid Revised) was published in 1663.

Title page of Euclide rinnovato by Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, 1663

The opening page of Borelli’s text:

Page 1 of Euclide rinnovato by Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, 1663

A sampling of pages from the work:

Page 3 of Euclide rinnovato by Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, 1663

Page 98 of Euclide rinnovato by Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, 1663

Page 179 of Euclide rinnovato by Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, 1663

The full work can be viewed courtesy of the University of Bordeaux, Library of Science and Technology, through BabordNum.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Borelli's Revision of Euclid's Geometry," Convergence (January 2020)

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