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Mathematical Treasure: Nicolo Tartalea's (Tartaglia's) Euclid

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

While the Italian mathematician Nicolo Tartaglia (1500-1557) is best known for his work in algebra and his experiments with trajectories, he also transcribed and commented on classical works of Archimedes and Euclid. Here are some excerpts from Tartaglia’s Euclide Megarense Philosopho (1543), beginning with the title page:

 Title page of Tartaglia's 1543 Euclid

On the back of the title page, Tartaglia discussed and outlined the discipline of mathematics:

 Back of title page of Tartaglia's 1543 Euclid

The first page of text introduces the definition of a “point”:

 First page of Tartaglia's 1543 Euclid

More extensive definitions follow illustrated by marginal diagrams:

 Folio VIII of Tartaglia's 1543 Euclid

The properties of right triangles are discussed at the top of folio 21 verso:

 Folio 21 verso of Tartaglia's 1543 Euclid

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-12306

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Nicolo Tartalea's (Tartaglia's) Euclid," Convergence (July 2017)

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