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Jacques Ozanam (1640–1718)

  • Cristina Càndito
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Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 30)

Abstract

The life of Jacques Ozanam has been conditioned by the fact that he was the second-born in a well-off land-owning family, under a regime where only the first-born could inherit the family wealth. His father for this reason pushed him into clerical studies, thereby prohibiting him from carrying out scientific studies during his training. His joint interests in teaching and research lead him to not just explain with clarity and simplicity the scientific discipline that he delved into in his texts, but to also arrive at original results which demonstrate, for example the use of a method of measurement applied to perspectives and the illustration of a clever new machine using human propulsion.

Keywords

Conic Section Powdered Marble Universal Instrument Private Lesson Practical Geometry 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The author would like to thank:

Antonio Becchi, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

Ron B. Thomson, Fellow Emeritus of Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS), University of Toronto.

Menso Folkerts, Deutsches Museum (Bibliotheksbau) München.

Patrizia Trucco, Andrea Bruzzo, Biblioteca Politecnica, Università degli Studi di Genova.

Irene Friedl, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Universitätsbibliothek, München.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sciences for ArchitectureUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly

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