You are here

Mathematical Treasure: Johannes Schöner's Opera Mathematica

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Johannis Schoneri (aka Johannes Schöner, 1477–1547) was a German priest, astronomer and mathematician. He was also a respected maker of mathematical instruments known especially for his globes. His collected works in mathematics were published in 1561.

Title page from Johannes Schöner's 1561 Opera Mathematica.

Schoneri is shown in a print from Jean-Jacques Boissard's Bibliotheca chalcographica (originally published between 1628 and 1632), available from Wikimedia Commons.


Portrait of Johannes Schöner by Jean-Jacques Boissard.

The image of the title page is presented courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University. The full volume may be read here.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Johannes Schöner's Opera Mathematica," Convergence (September 2020)