Jan de Witt’s Elementa Curvarum Linearum

Liber Secundus

  • Albert W. Grootendorst
  • Jan Aarts
  • Miente Bakker
  • Reinie Erné

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Albert W. Grootendorst †, Jan Aarts, Miente Bakker, Reinie Erné
    Pages 1-29
  3. Albert W. Grootendorst †, Jan Aarts, Miente Bakker, Reinie Erné
    Pages 31-58
  4. Albert W. Grootendorst †, Jan Aarts, Miente Bakker, Reinie Erné
    Pages 59-255
  5. Albert W. Grootendorst †, Jan Aarts, Miente Bakker, Reinie Erné
    Pages 257-292
  6. Albert W. Grootendorst †, Jan Aarts, Miente Bakker, Reinie Erné
    Pages 293-308
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 309-318

About this book

Introduction

- Following on from the 2000 edition of Jan De Witt’s Elementa Curvarum Linearum, Liber Primus, this book provides the accompanying translation of the second volume of Elementa Curvarum Linearum (Foundations of Curved Lines). One of the first books to be published on Analytic Geometry, it was originally written in Latin by the Dutch statesman and mathematician Jan de Witt, soon after Descartes’ invention of the subject.

- Born in 1625, Jan de Witt served with distinction as Grand Pensionary of Holland for much of his adult life. In mathematics, he is best known for his work in actuarial mathematics as well as extensive contributions to analytic geometry.

- Elementa Curvarum Linearum, Liber Secondus moves forward from the construction of the familiar conic sections covered in the Liber Primus, with a discussion of problems connected with their classification; given an equation, it covers how one can recover the standard form, and additionally how one can find the equation's geometric properties.

- This volume, begun by Albert Grootendorst (1924-2004) and completed after his death by Jan Aarts, Reinie Erné and Miente Bakker, is supplemented by:

- annotation explaining finer points of the translation;

- extensive commentary on the mathematics

These features make the work of Jan de Witt broadly accessible to today’s mathematicians.

Keywords

Analytic geometry Annotation Elementa Curvarum Linearum Elements of curves Jan de Witt Microsoft Access Volume addition classification construction curved line equation form geometry mathematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Albert W. Grootendorst
    • 1
  • Jan Aarts
    • 2
  • Miente Bakker
    • 3
  • Reinie Erné
    • 4
  1. 1., Department of MathematicsDelft UniversityDelftNetherlands
  2. 2.Delft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands
  3. 3.Centrum Wiskunde & InformaticaAmsterdamNetherlands
  4. 4.LeidenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-85729-142-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-0-85729-141-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-85729-142-4
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