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Simon Stevin through the lens of his dedications (2021)


The article studies the dedicatory letters the Dutch mathematician Simon Stevin (1548–1620) included in his works. Dedicatory letters gave authors the opportunity to create a persona or scholarly identity for themselves and thereby also to define their field, at a time when these were still in full flux. Stevin, in his dedications, ignored or even mocked the common rhetoric of patronage. He deliberately did not present himself as an academic scholar or as a court mathematician (even after he entered the service of Maurits of Nassau, the stadholder of Holland). His scholarship appears subsumed under a wider category of active citizenship that was peculiar to the emerging Dutch Republic. The difficulty modern scholars have in pinning down Stevin's work in modern categories therefore appears to have its origin in Stevin's own understanding of scholarship, which did not create a tradition and was quickly forgotten.

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Authors & Contributors
Vermij, Rienk H.
Chalmers, Alan Francis
Bunge, Wiep van
Stevin, Simon
Heuvel, Charles van den
Devreese, J. T.
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Foundations of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Engineering Studies
Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen
European Mathematical Society
Stevin, Simon
Kepler, Johannes
Newton, Isaac
Pascal, Blaise
Spinoza, Baruch
Del Monte, Guidobaldo
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
15th century
Early modern
Czech Republic

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