Oeuvres de Desargues: Volume 1

Oeuvres de Desargues: Volume 1

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The French mathematician and engineer Gerard Desargues (1591-1661) was one of the founders of projective geometry. Desargues' theorem is named in the honour of this prolific writer of treatises on geometry and its application to the arts and architecture. His important writings, which had been lost, were published in 1864 by the mathematician and scientific historian Noel-Germinal Poudra (1794-1894). Poudra's two-volume edition, republished here, reveals the major role played by Desargues in the scientific debates of the seventeenth century. It includes a biography of Desargues, in which Poudra discusses his role as architect, as well as his influence on famous scientists of his time including Pascal and Descartes. Volume 1 contains the majority of Desargues' treatises, including 'Perspective' (1636), followed by an analysis by Poudra, and the 'Traite des Coniques' (1639), with a lexicon of the scientific terms used.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 26 b/w illus.
  • 1139058835
  • 9781139058834

Table of contents

Preface; Biographie de Desargues; Renseignements biographiques; Perspective de 1636; Traite des Coniques; Brouillon project; Coupe des pierres, perspective, gnomonique; Gnomonique; Gnomonique, maniere de poser le style; Recueil de propositions diverses; Proposition fondamentale de la pratique de la perspective; Autre fondement, du fort et du faible; Fondement du compas optique; 1re proposition geometrique; 2e proposition geometrique; 3e proposition geometrique; Perspective adressee aux theoriciens; 1re reconnaissance de Desargues placee en tete de la coupe des pierres de Bosse 1643; 2e reconnaissance, placee en tete de la Gnomonique de Bosse; 3e reconnaissance, placee en tete de la Perspective de Bosse; Extraits de divers ecrits et affiches.show more