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Mathematical Treasure: Student Notes from Wittenberg

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Enchiridion mathematicum continens elementa mathesos, dated 1629, is a set of student notes taken from the lectures of Ambrosius Rhodius (1577–1633), Professor of Mathematics, University of Wittenberg. The notes cover elementary mathematics and geometry. Attention to the format definition – axiom – postulate is strictly followed. Note the dates of the lessons as given in the margins.

The images above were obtained through the kind cooperation of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of Late and Early Renaissance Manuscripts, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Lawrence Schoenberg, a successful businessman and collector of early scientific manuscripts, donated his collection to the University. The item shown here is fully digitized and may be consulted and copied in its entirety with due credit provided, including its reference number, LJS 173.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Student Notes from Wittenberg," Convergence (February 2019)