Article ID: CBB398536396

“Farai Sicome Tòe Amaestrato” (You will Perform, as I Taught You): Notes about Medieval Didactics of Algebra (2018)


Ambrosetti, Nadia (Author)

Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science
Issue: 5
Pages: 18-34

Publication Date: 2018
Edition Details: First of a Series: Methods and Cognitive Modelling in the History and Philosophy of Science & Education
Language: English

The paper studies the medieval tradition of the 9th century al-Khwarizmi’s handbook on algebra compared with its Latin translation by Gerard of Cremona (made in Spain, around 1170), later translated in Italian vernacular by an anonymous Florentine abacus master, during the 14th century. This long journey along five centuries and three countries deals accurately with the mathematical contents; by means of analysis of explicit and implied elements in the three works, we also focus on the different historical backgrounds, the social condition of the authors, the cultural, mindset-related and religious obstacles they had to take into consideration, while disseminating these calculation techniques, and, finally, their teaching style.

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Authors & Contributors
Abattouy, Mohammed
Renn, Jürgen
Weinig, Paul
al-Khwārizmī, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā
Brentjes, Sonja
Lorch, Richard P.
Mediaeval Studies
Science in Context
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Historia Mathematica
Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation
Indian Journal of History of Science
Transmission of texts
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Transmission of ideas
Gerard of Cremona
al-Khwārizmī, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā
ibn Yusuf, Ahmed
Shuja' Ibn Aslam, Abu Kamil
Time Periods
12th century
9th century
8th century
10th century

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