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Mathematical Treasure: Van Schooten’s Exercitationum Mathematicarum

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

The five books of Frans van Schooten’s Exercitationum Mathematicarum of 1657 were published in one volume but also, apparently, as five separate texts. Here are excerpts from Book I on arithmetic and elementary geometry.

Title page of Frans van Schooten's 1657 Mathematical Exercises.

On page 322, Van Schooten demonstrated the use of a linkage mechanism to construct an ellipse.

Page 322 from Van Schooten's 1657 Mathematical Exercises.

On pages 336 and 347, a hyperbola is constructed employing two different methods.

Page 336 of Van Schooten's Mathematical Exercises (1657).

Page 347 of Van Schooten's 1657 Mathematical Exercises.

For more information, see the Convergence article, "Van Schooten’s Ruler Constructions."

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

Index of Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Van Schooten’s Exercitationum Mathematicarum," Convergence (October 2016)

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