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L. Digges,

A geometrical practical treatise named pantometria.

London : Abel Jeffes, 1591

STORE 58:15

Leonard Digges (c.1515-c.1559) was a well-known mathematician and surveyor, who published many popular works on these subjects. Pantometria, published posthumously by his son, sets out the principles of geometry and explains how to take a variety of measurements of lengths, areas and volumes. It relates these to real-world surveying problems – such as outlining ways to measure the height of buildings and the distance of ships.

There are various markings in this copy. On p.50, someone has noted several differences between this edition and an earlier one, and there are elaborations on the text throughout, as well as copious workings-out. You can find out more about these on the Whipple Library books blog.


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