Practical mathematics in a commercial metropolis

Mathematical life in late 16th century Antwerp

  • Ad Meskens

Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ad Meskens
    Pages 1-8
  3. Ad Meskens
    Pages 9-23
  4. Ad Meskens
    Pages 35-56
  5. Ad Meskens
    Pages 57-95
  6. Ad Meskens
    Pages 97-112
  7. Ad Meskens
    Pages 113-137
  8. Ad Meskens
    Pages 139-160
  9. Ad Meskens
    Pages 161-177
  10. Ad Meskens
    Pages 179-196
  11. Ad Meskens
    Pages 197-210
  12. Ad Meskens
    Pages 211-212
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 213-258

About this book


This volumedescribes the development and the ultimate demise of the practice of mathematics in sixteenth century Antwerp. Against the background of the violent history of the Religious Wars the story of the practice of mathematics in Antwerp is told through the lives of two protagonists Michiel Coignet and Peeter Heyns. The book touches on all aspects of practical mathematics from teaching  and instrument making to the practice of building fortifications of the practice of navigation.​


16th century instruments Antwerp in the sixteenth century History of mathematics Michiel Coignet Peeter Heyns history of science mathematical development

Authors and affiliations

  • Ad Meskens
    • 1
  1. 1., Department Bedrijfskunde,Artesis Hogeschool AntwerpenAntwerpenBelgium

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