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CAVALIERI, Bonaventura (ca. 1598-1647). Geometria indivisibilibus continuorum nova quadam ratione promota. Bologna: Typographia de Duciis, 1653.
4o (233 x 168 mm). Numerous diagrams in text. (Minor light browning to some leaves.) Contemporary limp boards. Provenance: FO (early letter stamps on title-page).
Second edition of Cavalieri's principal work. First published in 1635, the Geometria elaborates his method of indivisibles, or infinitesmals. It constitutes the first textbook on integration methods, including "Cavalieri's principle," a method of calculating areas and volumes of complex shapes. It is important as the first systematic exposition of all previous work leading to the invention of the calculus. FINE COPY OF A RARE WORK. Riccardi I, 325; Sotheran I, 735; Norman 419.
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