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ERIC Number: EJ924792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Teaching Euclid in a Practical Context: Linear Perspective and Practical Geometry
Camerota, Filippo
Science & Education, v15 n2-4 p323-334 Mar 2006
This article explores the transmission of practical knowledge in the XV and XVI centuries. According to cosmographer Egnatio Danti, optics and other mathematical sciences had "been banished" from the main philosophical schools of his period, and "the little which remains to us is limited to some practical aspects learned from the mechanical artificers". The "mechanical artificers" were architects, painters and surveyors whose mathematical training constitutes the subject dealt with in this article. The context of Danti's remark was the letter to the "Accademici del Disegno" of Perugia which introduce his Italian translation of Euclid's "Optics". After the great Medieval season of optical studies, in effect, this science progressed mainly through its practical applications, especially through "that part of perspective which pertains to painting" (Piero della Francesca), and through the spread of methods and instruments for measuring by sight.
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