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Mathematical Treasure: Lauremberg’s Surveying Books

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

Johannes Wilhelm Lauremberg (1590-1658) was a German cartographer and mathematician. In his Gromaticae Liber Tres (Three Books on Surveying) of 1640, he discussed the layout of roadways and the measure of land employing various units of measure.

Title page of Lauremberg's Three Books on Surveying (1640).

A plate of illustrations on page 32 demonstrated techniques for surveying fields of varied shapes.

Page 32 of Lauremberg's Three Books on Surveying (1640).

The images above are presented courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Lauremberg’s Surveying Books," Convergence (July 2016)

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