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1555 Johann Scheubelon on Euclid's Multiplication

EUCLID'S DEFINITION OF MULTIPLICATION CORRECTLY TRANSLATED INTO GERMAN BY JOHANN SCHEUBEL.

In 1555 Johann Scheubel gave the following German translation of Euclid's definition of multiplication.

Ain zal multiplicirt oder meret ain andere / wann die ander / als offt die erst zal ains in jr beschleüßt / genommen vnd zuesamen bracht wirdt.

"A number multiplies or makes more (times) another number, if the other - as often as the first number is included in it (i.e. the other number), is taken and brought together."

Scheubel Professor of Mathematics at the University of Tübingen. The translation appeared in Das sibend, acht und neünt Büch, des hochberühmbten Mathematici Euclidis, meaning The seventh, eighth and ninth book by the renowned Mathematician Euclid.

The Title page of Scheubel's edition of Books VII - IX of Euclid's Elements can be seen below.

The Seventh Eighth and Ninth Books of Euclid's Elements Title Page

The Seventh Eighth and Ninth Books of Euclid's Elements Title Page

 

 

Scheubel's translation of Euclid's multiplication definition (16) can be seen below. Simply click the image to enlarge it.

1555 Scheubel's multiplication definition from Euclid's Elements

1555 Scheubel's multiplication definition from Euclid's Elements. Image © 2013 Martayan Lan Rare Books New York

 

I am most grateful to the Martayan Lan Rare Books New York for scanning this image at my request and letting me publish it.

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