Descriptive Geometry, The Spread of a Polytechnic Art

The Legacy of Gaspard Monge

  • Évelyne Barbin
  • Marta Menghini
  • Klaus Volkert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. First Spreading in Southern Europe

  3. Installation of Descriptive Geometry in Europe

  4. Descriptive Geometry in America and Africa

  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
    2. Gert Schubring
      Pages 403-421
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 423-437

About this book


This book seeks to explore the history of descriptive geometry in relation to its circulation in the 19th century, which had been favoured by the transfers of the model of the École Polytechnique to other countries. The book also covers the diffusion of its teaching from higher instruction to technical and secondary teaching. In relation to that, there is analysis of the role of the institution – similar but definitely not identical in the different countries – in the field under consideration. The book contains chapters focused on different countries, areas, and institutions, written by specialists of the history of the field. Insights on descriptive geometry are provided in the context of the mathematical aspect, the aspect of teaching in particular to non-mathematicians, and the institutions themselves. 


History of Mathematics History of Mathematical Teaching Internationalization of Mathematics in 19th century Polytechnic schools Descriptive Geometry in France Descriptive Geometry in Italy Descriptive and Projective Geometry in Technical Instruction Descriptive Geometry in 19th Century Spain Late modern European outlook on science and technology Descriptive Geometry in Austria Otto Wilhelm Fiedler Engineering Studies and Secondary Education Descriptive Geometry in the Netherlands Descriptive Geometry in the Educational Institutions in Greece The Rise and Fall of Descriptive Geometry in Denmark Descriptive Geometry at Czech Technical Universities Descriptive Geometry in America and Africa The Myth of the Polytechnic School

Editors and affiliations

  • Évelyne Barbin
    • 1
  • Marta Menghini
    • 2
  • Klaus Volkert
    • 3
  1. 1.UFR Sciences et TechniquesNantesFrance
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsSapienza–University of RomeRomeItaly
  3. 3.University of WuppertalWuppertalGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-14807-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-14808-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-8022
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-8030
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