Book ID: CBB327704584

Motion and Genetic Definitions in the Sixteenth-Century Euclidean Tradition (2022)


Axworthy, Angela (Author)

Springer Nature

Publication Date: 2022
Physical Details: 306
Language: English

A significant number of works have set forth, over the past decades, the emphasis laid by seventeenth-century mathematicians and philosophers on motion and kinematic notions in geometry. These works demonstrated the crucial role attributed in this context to genetic definitions, which state the mode of generation of geometrical objects instead of their essential properties. While the growing importance of genetic definitions in sixteenth-century commentaries on Euclid’s Elements has been underlined, the place, uses and status of motion in this geometrical tradition has however never been thoroughly and comprehensively studied. This book therefore undertakes to fill a gap in the history of early modern geometry and philosophy of mathematics by investigating the different treatments of motion and genetic definitions by seven major sixteenth-century commentators on Euclid’s Elements, from Oronce Fine (1494–1555) to Christoph Clavius (1538–1612), including Jacques Peletier (1517–1582), John Dee (1527–1608/1609) and Henry Billingsley (d. 1606), among others. By investigating the ontological and epistemological conceptions underlying the introduction and uses of kinematic notions in their interpretation of Euclidean geometry, this study displays the richness of the conceptual framework, philosophical and mathematical, inherent to the sixteenth-century Euclidean tradition and shows how it contributed to a more generalised acceptance and promotion of kinematic approaches to geometry in the early modern period.

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Authors & Contributors
Maierù, Luigi
Axworthy, Angela
Brioist, Pascal
Cifoletti, Giovanna C.
Claessens, Guy
Corry, Leo
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
American Journal of Physics
Apeiron: Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin
New School University
Edizioni Cadmo
Springer Nature
Pavia University Press
Philosophy of mathematics
Clavius, Christopher
Peletier, Jacques
Dee, John
Finé, Oronce
Billingsley, Henry, Sir
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
18th century
Rome (Italy)
British Isles
Mediterranean region

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