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Making Mathematical CultureUniversity and Print in the Circle of Lefèvre d'Étaples$
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Richard Oosterhoff

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823520

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823520.001.0001

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Copia in the Classroom

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Making Mathematical Culture

Richard Oosterhoff

Oxford University Press

Mathematics offered a means for navigating the medieval curriculum. This chapter turns to the library of Beatus Rhenanus, which survives intact, including the various volumes he bought and annotated while a student of Lefèvre at Paris from 1503 to 1507. These reveal the particular strains that the medieval university curriculum, and its practices of lecture and disputation, placed on students—and how humanist ideals increased, rather than relieved, those pressures. Beatus’ school books reveal the course of study at the Collège du Cardinal Lemoine, and how students there encountered mathematics before or alongside logic, the traditional starting point in philosophy, as a kind of universal method for managing the abundance of knowledge.

Keywords:   Lecture, disputation, university curriculum, marginalia, universal method

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