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Mathematical Treasure: Mathematical Lessons or Interviews (1743)

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

Benjamin Panchaud (1725-1757) was a Swiss mathematician and political radical of the period. Little is known of his work other than that he proposed and used the symbol “:=:” to designate the equality of ratios. In 1743, when he was 18 years old, he wrote Entretiens ou Leçons Mathématiques sur la maniere d'étudier cette science … (Interviews or mathematics lessons on the way to study this science ...). The “interviews” are in the form of a dialogue between a “Mathesius” and a “Neander”. These protagonists remain unidentified but could possibly be German mathematician Michael Neander (1529-1581) and his humanist colleague Johannes Mathesius (1504-1565).

                                               

The first page of the text introduces the dialogue.

                                              

These images were obtained through the courtesy of ETH-Bibliothek Zürich. The book may be viewed in its entirety at e-rara: http://dx.doi.org/10.3931/e-rara-8666

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Mathematical Lessons or Interviews (1743)," Convergence (March 2018)

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