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Mathematical Treasure: Arnauld's Geometry

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University)

Antoine Arnauld (1612-1694) was a Catholic priest, theologian, and mathematician. As a promoter of the Jansenist sect within the Church, he was often at odds with the hierarchy. His Nouveaux elemens de geometrie (1667) was intended to introduce a new approach to the teaching of geometry. The title page of this work is shown below.


A second edition of this work was issued in 1711. Our collection of pages from this edition starts with the “Advertisement”:


The first two pages of the text follow:



The images above are provided courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

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Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Arnauld's Geometry," Convergence (April 2018)