Mathematics and
Metaphysics in the Premodern World Assignment 3b Due
Annandale: Thursday, February 14^{th} Valentine's Day 

Do the following for
Thursday...
Read the following: 
folios 
Grant, Edward, ed. A Source Book in
Medieval Science. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1974. Read
pp. 36, 8, 1012, and 16. From
chapter on Isidore de Seville (d. 636): Quadrivium 
2.5 
Newsome, Daniel. "Martianus Capella's
Mathematical Arts." Excerpt
from Quadrivial Pursuits. 2012. 
2 
Capella, Martianus. Martianus Capella and
the Seven Liberal Arts: The Marriage of Philology and Mercury [De Nuptiis
Philologiae et Mercurii]. Vol. 2 of 2 vols. Translated by Stahl. New
York: Columbia University Press, 1977. Read pp.
273287: Book VII: Arithmetic.
Pay close attention to what Arithmetic looks like and especially to
that ray that comes out of her head and how it divides up. Doodle in the margins as you
read. 
4 
From Kepler's book Harmonices mundi. (1619)
Illustration
for Timaeus, 54B
3b
Notes to self.....
In class.
Lecture on equilateral triangle. Show how sides are equal... how angles add
up to 180¼... then divide it in half and show how the short leg is 1 and how
this is the triangle from Timaeus,
54B.
Hand out printer paper. Make square out of printer paper.
Fold and measure equilateral
triangle to go with Timaeus, 54D55B (Bury
trans., pp. 131133). [Standard
equilateral folding exercise.]
Distribute tetrahedron & cube
handout along with origami paper.
Fold up a tetrahedron. [Xerox a
handout for students.]