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Making Mathematical Culture: University and Print in the Circle of Lefèvre d'Étaples

Richard Oosterhoff


In 1503, for the first time, a student at Paris could spend his entire university career studying only the printed textbooks of his teacher, in the works of the humanist and university reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’lÉtaples (c. 1455–1536). In this hinge moment in the cultural history of Europe, as printed books became central to the intellectual habits of following generations, Lefèvre turned especially to mathematics as a way to renovate the medieval university. This book relies on the student manuscripts and annotated books of Beatus Rhenanus, the sole surviving archive of its kind, to consider ... More

Keywords: renaissance, book history, history of reading, humanism, Paris, universities, mathematical culture, natural philosophy, note-taking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823520
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823520.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Oosterhoff, author
Postdoctoral Research Associate, CRASSH, University of Cambridge