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The Commentary of al-Nayrizi on Book I of Euclid's Elements of Geometry

with an Introduction on the Transmission of Euclid's Elements in the Middle Ages

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Edited by Anthony Lo Bello

For more than two millennia, the Elements of Geometry by the Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria (ca. 300 B.C.E. ) was held to be “the supreme example of the exercise of human reason” and “a paradigm of rational certainty” (from the preface, after Simon Blackburn). The Commentary of al-Nayrizi on Book I of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry introduces readers to the transmission of Euclid’s Elements from the Middle East to the Latin West in the medieval period and then offers the first English translation of al-Nayrizi’s (d. ca. 922) Arabic commentary on Book I.

The Three Volumes are also available as set (ISBN 0 391 04197 5)

Gerard of Cremona’s Translation of the Commentary of al-Nayrizi on Book I of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry

With an Introductory Account of the Twenty-Two Early Extant Arabic Manuscripts of the Elements

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Edited by Anthony Lo Bello

Anthony Lo Bello’s Gerard of Cremona’s Translation of Book I of the Commentary of al-Nayrizi on Euclid’s Elements of Geometry is the first modern translation of Gerard of Cremona’s (1114–1187) Latin version of al-Nayrizi’s famous Arabic commentary. Lo Bello gives an introductory account of the twenty-two early extant Arabic manuscripts of the Elements, an annotated English translation of Gerard’s translation of al-Nayrizi’s commentary, and finally a critical analysis of the idiosyncrasies of Gerard’s method of translation.

The Three Volumes are also available as set (ISBN 0 391 04197 5)

Avicenna Latinus

Liber primus naturalium

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Edited by van Riet and Verbeke

This is the first volume of a new trilogy, which will deal with that part of the Shifā’ which concerns physics and natural philosophy, in Latin the Liber primus naturalium.
One part of the Liber primus naturalium, which was translated into Latin towards the end of the 12th century, gave rise to the Tractatus primus de causis et principiis naturalium and to the Tractatus secundus de motu et consimilibus, whilst another part translated towards the end of the 13th century produced a Tractatus tertius de his quae habent naturalia ex hoc quod habent quantitatem.
The Tractatus primus de causis et principiis naturalium, now published, contains like all the other volumes in the series, a doctrinal introduction by Professor G. Verbeke, and an historical and critical apparatus, all prepared by Simone van Riet.
The Arabic-Latin and Latin-Arabic lexica will be published separately in a single volume, after publication of the three Tractatus has been completed.

Vision and Certitude in the Age of Ockham

Optics, Epistemology and the Foundation of Semantics 1250-1345

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Katherine Tachau

When William of Ockham lectured on Lombard’s Sentences in 1317-1319, he articulated a new theory of knowledge. Its reception by fourteenth-century scholars was, however, largely negative, for it conflicted with technical accounts of vision and with their interprations of Duns Scotus.

This study begins with Roger Bacon, a major source for later scholastics’ efforts to tie a complex of semantic and optical explanations together into an account of concept formation, truth and the acquisition of certitude. After considering the challenges of Peter Olivi and Henry of Ghent, Part I concludes with a discussion of Scotus’s epistemology. Part II explores the alternative theories of Peter Aureol and William of Ockham. Part III traces the impact of Scotus, and then of Aureol, on Oxford thought in the years of Ockham’s early audience, culminating with the views of Adam Wodeham. Part IV concerns Aureol’s intellectual legacy at Paris, the introduction of Wodeham’s thought there, and Autrecourt’s controversies.

Nicéphore Grégoras

Calcul de l’éclipse de soleil du 16 Juillet 1330

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Edited by J. Mogenet

Mogenet, J. et al. (ed.) Nicéphore Grégoras. Calcul de l’éclipse de soleil du 16 Juillet 1330. 1983
CAB 1 (1983), 222 p. - 36.00 EURO, ISBN: 9070265346