Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Stevin, Simon

  • Guido Vanden Berghe
  • Jozef T. Devreese
Reference work entry

BornBruges, Belgium, 1548

DiedThe Hague, the Netherlands, MarchApril 1620

Textbook author Simon Stevin was born in Bruges (in what is now Belgium) in 1548, the illegitimate child of Anthuenis Stevin and Catelyne van der Poort. Very little is known of Stevin’s youth and education. His first job was in Antwerp as a bookkeeper and cashier in one of the city’s trading houses, where he became acquainted with business practice and methods. In 1577, Stevin accepted a post with the financial administration of the Brugse Vrije, the region around the city of Brugge. A few years later we find him registered in Leiden, in the present-day Netherlands. Exactly why he immigrated to the North is not known; perhaps he disliked the Spanish oppression of the southern part of the Low Countries, or he may have had Protestant sympathies. In 1583, Stevin’s name appears on the roll of the newly founded University of Leiden, where the young Prince Maurits of Orange was attending courses. From 1590 onward,...

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Selected References

  1. Devreese, J.T. and Vanden Berghe G.(2008). Magic is No Magic, The Wonderful World of Simon Stevin. Southampton- Boston WITpress.zbMATHGoogle Scholar
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  3. Dijksterhuis, E. J. et al. (eds.) (1955–1966). The Principal Works of Simon Stevin. Amsterdam: C. V. Swets and Zeitlinger.Google Scholar
  4. Halleux, Robert (ed.) (1998). Histoire des sciences en Belgique de l’Antiquité à 1815. Brussels: Crédit Communal.Google Scholar
  5. Struik, Dirk J. (1981). The Land of Stevin and Huygens: A Sketch of Science and Technology in the Dutch Republic during the Golden Century. Dordrecht: D. Reidel.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Vanden Berghe
    • 1
  • Jozef T. Devreese
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer ScienceGhent UniversityAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium