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Mathematical Treasure: Herlin's and Dasypodius's Euclid

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Christian Herlin and Conrad Dasypodius (ca.1530-1600) were both associated with the teaching of mathematics at the gymnasium in Strasbourg. Herlin was the first “mathematicus publicus” of the school, a position he held for thirty years, while Dasypodius was a student of Herlin there and later held the chair of mathematics of the institution from 1562 until his death. According to the Wikipedia article, "Strasbourg astronomical clock" (accessed 6/16/17), Herlin designed and Dasypodius built the second astronomical clock in the Strasbourg Cathedral. These two men also collaborated to produce Analyseis Geometricae sex librorum Euclidis (Geometric Analysis of the Six Books of Euclid), published in 1566.

View the entire book online in the Internet Archive. The book itself resides in the Bavarian State Library.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Herlin's and Dasypodius's Euclid," Convergence (August 2017)