The early modern tradition of geometrical problem solving; survey and examples

  • Henk J. M. Bos
Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SHMP)

Abstract

In Section 1.5 I identified the early modern tradition of geometrical problem solving as the context of the debates on the interpretation of the exactness of construction during the period c. 1590 – c. 1650. The debates primarily concerned the solution of point construction problems, that is, problems that admitted one or a finite number of solutions only. Solving such problems was indeed seen as a major, if not the main, aim of geometry.1

Keywords

Sine Lost Huygens Ferro Verse 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henk J. M. Bos
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  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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