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    ‘Disturbed’ by Euclid: Thomas Fincke and the reading of Ramist mathematics in sixteenth-century Germany

    Tracey, Kevin Gerard (2021) ‘Disturbed’ by Euclid: Thomas Fincke and the reading of Ramist mathematics in sixteenth-century Germany. Historia Mathematica, 54. pp. 1-40. ISSN 0315-0860

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    This article presents evidence of the transmission and reception of Petrus Ramus’s mathematical pedagogy, as witnessed in a multi-volume Sammelband constructed and used in late sixteenth-century Germany. It considers how the methodological influence of Ramus was transmitted to students by the mathematical work of Thomas Fincke, before suggesting that idiosyncratic users of the Sammelband tangled with authoritative interpretations of Euclid by incorporating their own reading and notational practices. Whilst Fincke’s work was aimed toward students familiar with Ramist teaching, marginalia found within the Sammelband reinterpret these intentions, demonstrating the pedagogical relationships shared between Fincke, his predecessors, and the later readers of the volume.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Ramism; Mathematics teaching; Transmission; Reception; Marginalia; Historiography;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
    Item ID: 18601
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    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2024 14:36
    Journal or Publication Title: Historia Mathematica
    Publisher: Elsevier Limited
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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