The Liber mahameleth

A 12th-century mathematical treatise

  • Jacques Sesiano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


The Liber mahameleth is a work in Latin written in the mid-12th century based (mainly) on Arabic sources from Islamic Spain. It is now our principal source on mathematics in Islamic Spain at that time; There are few extant Arabic texts and no one is as complete as the LM. It is also the second largest mathematical work from the Latin Middle Ages (the other is by Fibonacci, some 50 years later).

Since the three main manuscripts preserving it are incomplete and there are many scribal errors, a reliable Latin text has been established, which reports (in notes) the various readings of the manuscripts and the errors in them. This is how a so-called critical edition is made. This edition of the Latin text is preceded by General Introduction, describing the various manuscripts, the content of the work and what we know about its author.

Part Two of the volume is a translation of the text and ends with a glossary of Latin terms. The glossary will be of great importance for the knowledge of Latin scientific terms from that time, since there is no other mathematical text of this size from the 12th century. Part Three begins with a short introduction and then analyzes all the problems from the text, with a summary of the mathematical methods involved in each chapter. The commentary is a companion to the translation and explains the author's solving methods.


Liber Mahameleth Muhammad al-Khwarizmi arithmetical theory mathematics in Islamic Spain mathematics in the Latin Middle Ages metrology

Authors and affiliations

  • Jacques Sesiano
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  1. 1.Département de MathématiquesEcole polytechnique fédéraleLausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03939-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03940-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2196-8810
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-8829
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