Article ID: CBB001022005

The Natures of Numbers in and around Bombelli's L'algebra (2010)


The purpose of this article is to analyse the mathematical practices leading to Rafael Bombelli's L'algebra (1572). The context for the analysis is the Italian algebra practiced by abbacus masters and Renaissance mathematicians of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. We will focus here on the semiotic aspects of algebraic practices and on the organisation of knowledge. Our purpose is to show how symbols that stand for underdetermined meanings combine with shifting principles of organisation to change the character of algebra.


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Authors & Contributors
Sangüesa, Itziar Molina
Zoccola, Martina
Confalonieri, Sara
Rommevaux-Tani, Sabine
Ulivi, Elisabetta
Stedall, Jacqueline Anne
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
Historia Mathematica
Science in Context
Revue d'Histoire des Mathématiques
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
British Journal for the History of Science
European Mathematical Society
Harvard University
Equations and formulae
Cardano, Girolamo
Bombelli, Raffaele
Viète, Francois
Paul of Middelburg
Commandino, Federico
Tartaglia, Niccolò
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
Early modern
Padua (Italy)
Nuremberg (Germany)

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