De viribus quantitatis
Aboca Museum presents a professionally-designed facsimile of the De viribus quantitatis, an unedited manuscript drafted by the Renaissance mathematician and economist, Luca Pacioli, together with a critical essay on the subject, both presented in an attractive boxed set.
This work, which begins with a learned description of algebraic and geometric principles complete with 98 illustrations, continues by offering an enjoyable series of mathematical and topological pastimes, card games and riddles which have lost none of their original, thoroughly enjoyable character, as they totally absorb the reader in the engaging pursuit of answers and solutions.
The original work, written in the vernacular probably towards the end of the fifteenth century, is currently held at Bologna University Library, as we are informed by the Library's Director, Antonino Biancastella, in the accompanying booklet written both in Italian and English.
This facsimile is accompanied by an essay illustrating and commenting on the original work, entitled Curiosità e divertimenti con i numeri: an analysis of the games and riddles contained in the work is given by Furio Honsell, former Rector of Udine University, and a mathematician and "historian of numbers" whose refined, witty commentary highlights the more unusual, unexpected and profane aspects of Pacioli's work.
Another experienced mathematician, Giorgio Bagni, offers a precise, systematic summary of the contents, and provides the reader with a series of clever keys to understanding the writer's original intentions.
This delightful product is specifically designed for libraries, historians, mathematicians, book-lovers and all those who adore games of logic and popular literature.
Furio Honsell, a native of Genoa where he was born in 1958, teaches mathematical and computer science. Formerly the Rector of Udine University, he is a famous figure to Italian science lovers, and has regularly appeared on the popular Italian TV programme "Che tempo che fa" conducted by Fabio Fazio.
Giorgio T. Bagni, born in Milan in 1958, is a mathematician, computer enthusiast and lover of numerical games. A lecturer at various Italian universities, Giorgio Bagni often attends the most important conferences on the teaching of algebra, and has written numerous works on the subject.
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION Facsimile profesisonal use
Year of Publication: 2009
Size: 17 x 24 cm.
Bound paperback edition Rigid cloth-covered paperboard cover
661 pages, 98 drawings
Language vernacular italian
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION Commentary
Size: 17 x 24 cm.
Bound paperback edition
Rigid paperboard cover with flaps
240 pages, 43 illustrations
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION Slipcase
Size: 19.5 x 27 x 10 cm.
Presentation of the work written by Antonino Biancastella, Bologna University Library
In Italian and English
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