Science & Education

, Volume 15, Issue 2–4, pp 235–258 | Cite as

Christoph Clavius’ “Ordo Servandus in Addiscendis Disciplinis Mathematicis” and the Teaching of Mathematics in Jesuit Colleges at the Beginning of the Modern Era

  • Romano Gatto


The Ordo servundum in addiscendis disciplinis mathematicis is a milestone in the history of the teaching of mathematics. Conceived by Christoph Clavius for the Jesuit Colleges, it was not only a syllabus for mathematical studies for the students at Jesuit colleges but also an instrument for training mathematics teachers. Its coherence and its skilful, innovative, modular format have made it a masterpiece of pedagogic technique. This marks the end of a long and arduous journey throughout which Clavius’ patient and persistent persuasion convinced the Company that mathematics should be an integral part of the syllabus in Jesuit colleges.


Modular Format Mathematics Teacher Mathematical Study Pedagogic Technique Disciplinis Mathematicis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Romano Gatto
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità della BasilicataPotenzaItaly

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