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Mathematical Treasure: Notebooks of Venetian Merchants

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Various pages from 15th- or 16th-century Venetian merchants' notebooks are available from the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, using call number BANC MS UCB 164. These images also can be found in UCB's Digital Scriptorium. The page below considers easily recognizable problems:

This page considers the computation of area:

Problems on the computation of volumes are also demonstrated:

The images above have been obtained through the Digital Scriptorium, a digital collection of medieval and early Renaissance manuscripts made available by a consortium of cooperating university libraries headed by the University of California, Berkeley. 

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Notebooks of Venetian Merchants," Convergence (June 2018)