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Abu al-Wafa' Latinus? A Study of Method

Abstract : This article studies the legacy in the West of Abu al-Wafa's Book on those Geometric Constructions which are Necessary for Craftsmen. Although two-thirds of the geometric constructions in the text also appear in Renaissance works, a joint analysis of original solutions, diagram lettering and probability leads to a robust finding of independent discovery. The analysis shows that there is little chance that the similarities between the contents of Abu al-Wafa's Book and the works of Tartaglia, Marolois and Schwenter owe anything to historical transmission. The commentary written by Kamal al-Din Ibn Yunus seems to have had no Latin legacy either.
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Dominique Raynaud. Abu al-Wafa' Latinus? A Study of Method. Historia Mathematica, Elsevier, 2012, 39, pp.34-83. ⟨10.1016/j.hm.2011.09.001⟩. ⟨halshs-00645624⟩

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