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Mathematical Treasure: Fine's Le Sphere du Monde Manuscript

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

Oronce Fine (1494-1555), expert in medicine, mathematics, astronomy, and mapmaking, completed his Le sphere du monde in 1549 as an illustrated presentation manuscript for King Henry II of France.

Opening page of the text addressed to the King:

Below, page 7 of Le sphere contains a diagram depicting the interactions of “the four elements.”


See images from Fine’s 1551 printed edition of Le sphere du monde.

The images above were obtained through the cooperation of The Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Fine's Le Sphere du Monde Manuscript," Convergence (January 2016)

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