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Mathematical Treasure: Euclid's Elements for Navigators

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Rodrigo Camorano or Zamorano (1542-1623) was a Spanish mathematician and navigator. In 1576, he published the first Spanish translation of Euclid: Los seis libros primeros dela geometria de Euclides. Translating directly from the Greek edition, Camorano prepared the book for navigation students in Sevilla (Seville).

Folio 12v begins the instruction with “Problem one, proposition one.”

These images are obtained through the cooperation of the Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Euclid's Elements for Navigators," Convergence (August 2017)