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Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
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Alfonso's Rectifying the Curved

​A Fourteenth-Century Hebrew Geometrical-Philosophical Treatise

Authors: Glasner, Ruth, Baraness, Avinoam

  • Explores one of the most interesting Hebrew geometrical texts of the medieval period
  • Offers English translation for the first time
  • Provides introduction and detailed commentary
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This volume offers a new English translation, introduction, and detailed commentary on Sefer Meyasher 'Aqov, (The Rectifying of the Curved), a 14th-century Hebrew treatise on the foundation of geometry. The book is a mixture of two genres: philosophical discussion and formal, Euclidean-type geometrical writing. A central issue is the use of motion and superposition in geometry, which is analyzed in depth through dialog with earlier Arab mathematicians.

The author, Alfonso, was identified by Gita Gluskina (the editor of the 1983 Russian edition) as Alfonso of Valladolid, the converted Jew Abner of Burgos. Alfonso lived in Castile, rather far from the leading cultural centers of his time, but nonetheless at the crossroad of three cultures. He was raised in the Jewish tradition and like many Sephardic Jewish intellectuals was versed in Greek-Arabic philosophy and science. He also had connections with some Christian nobles and towards the end of his life converted to Christianity. Driven by his ambition to solve the problem of the quadrature of the circle, as well as other open geometrical problems, Alfonso acquired surprisingly wide knowledge and became familiar with several episodes in Greek and Arabic geometry that historians usually consider not to have been known in the West in the fourteenth century. Sefer Meyasher 'Aqov reflects his wide and deep erudition in mathematics and philosophy, and provides new evidence on cultural transmission around the Mediterranean.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alfonso's Rectifying the Curved
Book Subtitle
​A Fourteenth-Century Hebrew Geometrical-Philosophical Treatise
Authors
Series Title
Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77303-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77303-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77302-5
Series ISSN
2196-8810
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 343
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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