[SydPhil] Rare Bites - The Renaissance of Euclid's Elements

Debbie Castle debbie.castle at sydney.edu.au
Mon Oct 22 11:20:33 AEDT 2018

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Rare Bites

The Renaissance of Euclid's Elements



Rare Books and Special Collections presents:

The Renaissance of Euclid's Elements

Thursday 25 October 2018,

The University of Sydney
Seminar Room
Level 2, Fisher Library F03

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This talk is focused on the Preclarissimus liber elementorum Euclidis (1482), the earliest Latin edition of Euclid’s Elements printed in Europe. Through this work, Dr Kotevska will discuss the re-emergence of the Elements in the Renaissance after its long disappearance from European culture in the Middle Ages. Those who tasked themselves with restoring Euclid’s mathematical works in the Renaissance variously described their project as one of revival, restitution, and instauration. Who were these restorers of ancient learning whose ambition it was to return the Elements to its place as a cornerstone of mathematical learning? And what, in their view, made Euclid so obvious a candidate for intellectual consideration?

Rare Bites is a series of informal and entertaining 30 minute lunchtime talks held monthly during semester in 2017 and beyond. If you want to learn about some of the treasures and lesser-known gems within Rare Books & Special Collections at the University Library, this is your opportunity.

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