The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Ceva, Giovanni (1647/48–1734)

  • Giancarlo Gandolfo
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Mathematician, hydraulic engineer and mathematical economist, Ceva was born in Milan in 1647 or 1648 and died in Mantua in 1734. He studied at the University of Pisa; later he obtained a post at Gonzaga’s court in Mantua, where he became the chief technician and applied his mathematical skill to technical and administrative problems.


Ceva, G. Gresham’s Law Mathematical economics Quantity theory of money 

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  1. 1971. Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol. 3. New York: Scribner’s Sons. (On Ceva’s contribution to mathematics.)Google Scholar
  2. 1980. Dizionario biografico degli italiani, vol. 24. Rome: Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana. (On Ceva’s life and works.)Google Scholar
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  • Giancarlo Gandolfo
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