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The Measurers: a Flemish Image of Mathematics in the Sixteenth Century

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Author:Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
Description: From a 1995 exhibition centered around an unusual and important painting in the Museum's collection, known simply as 'The Measurers' (Antwerp, late 16th century). The painting depicts a range of practical activities, foremost among them mathematical instrument making, and is used in the context of the exhibition both as a starting point for a discussion of the practical mathematics movement of Renaissance Europe and as a means of organizing the display of a large number of scientific instruments, texts and other related objects. The site includes essays on Renaissance mathematicians and math education; the painting and its mathematical tools; and the collectors; together with a Catalogue, List of Figures, and Bibliography.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Graphics, Articles, Bibliographies
Math Topics: History and Biography, Art

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