From the early fourteenth century onward, some Italian Abbacus manuscripts begin to use particular abbreviations for algebraic operations and objects and, to be distinguished from that, examples of symbolic operation. The algebraic abbreviations and symbolic operations we find in German Rechenmeister writings can further be seen to have antecedents in Italian manuscripts. This might suggest a continuous trend or perhaps even an inherent logic in the process. Without negating the possibility of such a trend or logic, the paper will show that it becomes invisible in a close-up picture, and that it was thus not understood - nor intended - by the participants in the process.
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Publisher||Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte|
|Number of pages||50|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|