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Calculation for the emperor: the writings of a discreet mathematician

Catherine Jami

in The Emperor's New Mathematics

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199601400
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601400.003.0010
Calculation for the emperor: the writings of a discreet mathematician

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This chapter discusses a series of lecture notes, most of which can be ascribed to Antoine Thomas, on calculation, algebra, and other topics. Thomas, who had published a mathematical textbook in Europe, seems to have been by far the most prolific Jesuit mathematician at court. As was the case with classical learning, the lecture notes produced by the emperor's tutors were treated as imperial writings.

Keywords: Antoine Thomas; lecture notes; calculation; algebra

Chapter.  12992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Mathematics

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