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Mathematical Treasure: Halcken's Deliciae Mathematicae

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

Paul Halcken (1662-1731) was a German schoolmaster from the Hanseatic city Buxtehude near Hamburg. His Deliciae Mathematicae [Mathematical Senses or Understanding], published in 1719, appears to have been written as a reference on mathematics. It contained 574 problems and was consulted by schoolmasters for useful student exercises.

Title page of Deliciae Mathematicae by Paul Halcken, 1719

Halcken's portrait proudly serves as the frontispiece for the work.

Frontispiece of Deliciae Mathematicae by Paul Halcken, 1719

A second illustrated title page further introduces the text. Note the depictions of mathematical applications.

Second illustrated title page of Deliciae Mathematicae by Paul Halcken, 1719

Some sample pages from Halcken’s Deliciae:

Page 1 of Deliciae Mathematicae by Paul Halcken, 1719

Page 4 of Deliciae Mathematicae by Paul Halcken, 1719

Page 13 of Deliciae Mathematicae by Paul Halcken, 1719

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Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Halcken's Deliciae Mathematicae," Convergence (June 2018)

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