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Mathematical Treasure: Heilbronner's History of Mathematics

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Johann Christoph Heilbronner (1706–1747) was a German historian of mathematics. He is the first author known to use the phrase “Geschichte der Mathematik” (“history of mathematics”) in his writings. His most complete history, Historia Matheseos Universae, was published in 1742.

Heilbronner's 1742 History of Mathematics

The first page of Heilbronner’s History:

These images were obtained through the courtesy of ETH-Bibliothek Zürich. The book may be viewed in its entirety at e-rara:

Index to Mathematical Treasures   

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Heilbronner's History of Mathematics," Convergence (March 2018)