Written by a priest and mathematician: the importance of math and accounting for honest business and a defense of lending at interest

Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica

Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica

Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica

  1. This text was written in Zaragoza ca. 1514 by Juan Andrés, a 16th century Spanish priest and mathematician

  2. Andrés cites Luca Pacioli (ca. 1447-1517), an associate of Leonardo da Vinci (ca. 1452-1519), as his main source

  3. The text was published in two versions on August 30th, 1515 in the Valencian printing house of Joan Joffre

Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica

Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica – 41457 – Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain)
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This important mathematical text was one of the first treatises that argued for the necessity of credit made available at interest and presented solid accounting as a way to ensure honest commerce.

Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica

Also known by the shortened title Aritmética Práctica, this mathematical text was written in Zaragoza ca. 1514 by Juan Andrés, a 16th century Spanish priest and mathematician. He is often referred to as Juan Andrés of Zaragoza in order to differentiate him from another Islamic scholar of the same name who also published a mathematical treatise in the same year. Andrés cites Luca Pacioli (ca. 1447-1517), the Franciscan Friar, mathematician, and associate of Leonardo da Vinci (ca. 1452-1519) as his main source of reference. Nonetheless, algebra does not appear in the text at all. A unique belief held by Andrés in comparison to other medieval Spanish scholars was that charging interest was not usury in-and-of-itself and was beneficial to commerce, while arithmetic and solid accounting provided a degree of honesty and safety for those engaged in commerce. The text was published in two versions on August 30th, 1515 in the Valencian printing house of Joan Joffre, one for D. Serafin, Earl of La Oliva and Lord of Nules and Pego, and the other for the Bishop of Barcelona, Martín García (1511-1521).

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Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica
Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica – 41457 – Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain)
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Sumario Breve de la Practica de la Arithmetica

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