Mathematical Treasures - Tacquet's Cylinders and Annuli

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University)

Andre Tacquet (1612–1660) was a noted Jesuit geometer who published several influential mathematics books in his lifetime. His Cylindrica et annularia was published in 1651. It bore a rather simple title page:

                                    Title page from Tacquet Cylindrica et annularia of 1651

The plates of illustrative figures were wonderfully drawn. Visualize the mathematical concepts these drawings depict.

                                   Tacquet image 1


                                   Tacquet image 18                          

The images above are provided courtesy of Columbia University Libraries, George Arthur Plimpton Collection.

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