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Adriaan Metius
Geographica et Globi Terrestris [De genuino usu utriusque globi tractatvs ]
1626
Ink on paper (Book in 2 volumes)


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Excerpt from Mathematical Association of America [MAA]:
Mathematical Treasure: Arithmetic and Geometry of Metius
Author(s): Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Adriaan Adriaanszoon (1571-1635), more commonly known as Adrian Metius, was a Dutch geometer, astronomer, surveyor, and instrument maker. He is perhaps best known for his published estimate for the mathematical constant π≈355113, which was actually discovered by his father. His Arithmetica et Geometriae (1626) reflects his applied approach to mathematics. The personages depicted on the title page also reflect his mathematical experiences: war and warfare occupy the highest position an astronomer/philosopher stands on the left while a tentative surveyor enters the scene at the right.


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Adriaan Metius, Netherlandish, (1571–1635)
b. December 9, 1571, Alkmaar, Netherlands
d. 1635

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