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By Charles van den Heuvel

One of many maximum mathematicians and engineers of his day, Simon Stevin (1548-1620) is maybe top identified for popularizing decimal fractions. yet few humans find out about his curiosity in structure, as documented in De Huysbou, a venture that occupied the final two decades of Stevin's lifestyles. This new translation comprises passages from Stevin's textual content, an in depth bibliography, and an in-depth research of Stevin's theories of city making plans inside a bigger ecu context. it will likely be a priceless source for historians of Stevin's paintings, in addition to these drawn to Dutch and ecu structure and concrete making plans.

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And K. de Jonge, ‘Vitruvius, Alberti and Serlio: Architectural treatises in the Low Countries, - , in Paper Palaces: The Rise of the Renaissance Architectural Treatise [edited by V. Hart with Peter Hicks], (New Haven/London ), pp. - and idem, ‘Les éditions des Livres I B V de Serlio par Pieter Coecke van Aelst’, introduction to S. ), Sebastiano Serlio à Lyon, (Lyon ).  H. , ([Antwerp ] facs. Hildesheim/New York ); p. , for example, shows a sort of form for a bridge pier as well as a technical invention for a bridge which could accommodate a high-masted vessel without its having to be opened.

Stevin’s proposal that lessons be taught in Dutch, since engineers were hardly likely to converse in Latin, paved the way for less well-educated artisans to attend the academy.  Not everyone was happy with this development. Indeed, some frowned on the presence of craftsmen, as a description of  reveals. And in that Church where the English now preach, in this Bagijne-Hoff, public lessons are given in the Dutch language, in Mathematics, from eleven to twelve every day except Wednesdays and Saturdays, for the convenience of the unlettered, such as bricklayers, carpenters and the like; who assemble there in large numbers at this time; without jackets but carrying staffs and wearing leather aprons, etcetera; they are very comical to behold.

Den professor, die duytsche lessen voor haer doet, evenwel in sijnen gewoonlijcken aensienlijcken Professors-Tabbaert, ofte Rock (soo wel als alle de andere Latijnsche Professoren de hare doen), is den Hoogh-geleerden, en Wijdt-vermaerden D. Franciscus van Schooten’.  Westra, Nederlandse ingenieurs, p. .  For the problems surrounding the examinations of Duytsche Mathematique, see Van Winter, Hoger beroepsonderwijs avant-la-lettre, pp. -.  Van Berkel, Isaac Beeckman, p. .  K. van Berkel, ‘Het Collegium Mechanicum van Isaac Beeckman’, in Spieghel Historiael,  (), pp.

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