Van Schooten Jr. on conic sections


SCHOOTEN, F. VAN, De organica conicarum. 1646.

Title page and excerpt from Franciscus van Schooten’s De Organica Conicarum Sectionum In Plano Descriptione, Tractatus, the first printed work ever to contain a mechanical description of the ellipsis, parabola and hyperbola without considering them as conics.

Van Schooten, a professor of mathematics at the University of Leiden, is perhaps best known today for having translated René Descartes’ Géométrie into Latin from French, helping the treatise achieve wider circulation. Johan de Witt and Christiaan Huygens were among van Schooten’s pupils.

[EHC 04.1646.Sch] [Willems 607]