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Mathematical Treasure: Pierre de Savonne's Arithmetic

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

Pierre de Savonne, also known as Talon, was a sixteenth century French mathematician and reckoning master. His L’Arithmetique (1571) provided a strong mathematical reference for the banking and money exchange activities of Savonne’s city of Lyon. The book went through at least five editions extending over one hundred years.

Title page of L'Arithmetique by Pierre de Savonne, 1571

The first page of the text discusses the reading and writing of numbers – that is, numeration.

Table preceeding first page of L'Arithmetique by Pierre de Savonne, 1571

The naming of numbers continues to larger units.

First page of L'Arithmetique by Pierre de Savonne, 1571

You can also view nine pages of a 1630 edition of this book.

The images above are provided courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Pierre de Savonne's Arithmetic," Convergence (June 2018)

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