De Viribus Quantitatis

De Viribus Quantitatis

Italy — 1496–1508

Game theory and mathematics, but also magic tricks and tricky number puzzles: an exciting and entertaining introduction to medieval games

  1. A wild smorgasbord of entertaining and exciting games, instructions for magic tricks, and number puzzles

  2. Luca Pacioli (ca. 1447–1517) wrote the text in black and red ink and illustrated it with 98 explanatory illustrations

  3. It contains algebraic and geometric principles in the first section that relate to game theory

De Viribus Quantitatis

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De Viribus Quantitatis

This exceptional treatise with the title De viribus quantitates presents the famous Italian Renaissance mathematician Luca Pacioli in a completely new light. Pacioli assembled a wild smorgasbord of entertaining and exciting games, instructions for magic tricks and tricky number puzzles. Originating from the years 1496–1508, the document has lost none of its fascination to this day and offers a gorgeous glimpse into the art of playful and challenging pastimes!

De Viribus Quantitatis

Luca Pacioli (1445–1517), an Italian Franciscan priest, is considered to be one of the most famous mathematicians of the Renaissance. He was inter alia closely befriended with Leonardo da Vinci, the great historical universal genius, with whom he also collaborated. Pacioli left behind numerous groundbreaking and significant works, which were concerned with the problems of and fascination with mathematics in all its aspects. For example, the text De divina proportione about the golden rule or his chess book De ludo scachorum.

A Unique, Unpublished Manuscript

In the years 1496–1508, Pacioli finally composed a small book that only marginally dealt with mathematics and also did not ostensibly follow the perspective of a text book like his other works: De viribus quantitatis, “The Strength of Numbers”. This unique manuscript is stored today in the Bologna University Library. Pacioli wrote 661 pages with black and red ink and illustrated it with a total of 98 explanatory illustrations.

A Significant Math-Based Book of Entertainment

De viribus quantitates is certainly no mathematic treatise, but nonetheless contains a description of algebraic and geometric principles in the first section. The content that made the text famous follows thereafter: gimmicks both mathematical and otherwise, card tricks and number riddles, but also instructions for performing magic or juggling and much more, everything that is useful for a fun diversion. As a result, the book is a diverse, mathematically-entertaining puzzle book, a compendium of various tricks and amusements. Alongside mathematics and logic, other natural sciences are represented and even the literary!

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Von der Stärke der Menge
Size / Format
661 pages / 24.0 × 17.0 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
1496–1508
Language
Illustrations
98 drawings
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
De Viribus Quantitatis – Ms. 250 – Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)
Aboca Museum – Sansepolcro, 2009
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Facsimile Editions

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Aboca Museum – Sansepolcro, 2009
De Viribus Quantitatis – Ms. 250 – Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)
De Viribus Quantitatis – Ms. 250 – Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna (Bologna, Italy) Copyright Photos: Ziereis Facsimiles

Publisher: Aboca Museum – Sansepolcro, 2009
Limited Edition: not limited
Binding: Cloth over paperboard and housed in a slip case with the commentary volume
Commentary: 1 volume (661 pages) by Furio Honsell and Giorgio T. Bagni
Language: Italian
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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