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Mathematical Treasure: Works of Gilles Personne de Roberval

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University)

A collection of Divers Ouvrages by Gilles Personne de Roberval (1602-1675) was published in Paris in 1693.

One of the curves whose properties Roberval studied was the spiral.

His most important work in geometry concerned the cycloid and his derivation of the area contained by the curve.

The images above are presented courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, and are available via Internet Archive.

Index to Mathematical Treasures

Frank J. Swetz (Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Works of Gilles Personne de Roberval," Convergence (July 2018)