Practical mathematics in a commercial metropolis
Describes the development and the ultimate demise of the practice of mathematics in sixteenth century Antwerp. Against the background of the violent history of the Religious Wars the story of the practice of mathematics in Antwerp is told through the lives of two protagonists Michiel Coignet and Peeter Heyns. The book touches on all aspects of practical mathematics from teaching and instrument making to the practice of building fortifications of the practice of navigation.
First study of the social situation of 16th century mathematics teachers and the effects of external influences on their social position Lavishly illustrated with archival and iconographic material Includes a chapter on a forgotten mathematical practice, winegauging, which led Kepler to solids of revolution and infinitesimals