# Mathematical Treasure: Jean Prestet’s Elemens des mathematiques

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

Elemens des mathematiques was a popular text for the teaching of mathematics in French schools during the 17th century. Abraham de Moivre studied from it as a student. Little is known of its author, Jean Prestet, other than that he was a Catholic priest. This is the title page for the 1675 first printing.

A foldout table provides: multiplication and division facts, powers of the basic numbers through powers of $10,$ and listings of coefficients for the binominal expansion of $(a+b).$

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Jean Prestet’s Elemens des mathematiques," Convergence (October 2016)