“A masterly though neglected work”, Boscovich’s treatise on conic sections

Archive for History of Exact Sciences 72 (4):453-495 (2018)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In this paper, we describe the genesis of Boscovich’s Sectionum Conicarum Elementa and discuss the motivations which led him to write this work. Moreover, by analysing the structure of this treatise in some depth, we show how he developed the completely new idea of “eccentric circle” and derived the whole theory of conic sections by starting from it. We also comment on the reception of this treatise in Italy, and abroad, especially in England, where—since the late eighteenth century—several authors found inspiration in Boscovich’s work to write their treatises on conic sections.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,419

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Kant on conic sections.Alison Laywine - 2014 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (5-6):719-758.
Roger Boscovich.José López García - 1992 - Theoria 7 (1/2/3):687-701.
Roger Boscovich: ¿precursor de la teoría de campos?J. Félix Fuertes MartÍnez - 1992 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 7 (1-3):687-701.
Roger Boscovich.J. Félix Fuertes Martínez & José López García - 1992 - Theoria: Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia 7 (1-3):687-701.
Rudjer boscovich und die induktive logik.Martin Carrier - 1985 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 16 (2):201-212.
Poncelet’s porism: a long story of renewed discoveries, I.Andrea Del Centina - 2016 - Archive for History of Exact Sciences 70 (1):1-122.
Les cercles tangents d'al-Qūhī.Philippe Abgrall - 1995 - Arabic Sciences and Philosophy 5 (2):263.
Boscovich’s “philosophical meditations” in the history of contemporary thought.Pietro Gori - 2012 - Memorie Della Societa' Astronomica Italiana Supplementi 75:282-292.
Continuity in nature and in mathematics: Du Châtelet and Boscovich.Marij Van Strien - 2017 - In Michela Massimi, Jan-Willem Romeijn & Gerhard Schurz (eds.), EPSA15 Selected Papers. Springer. pp. 71-82.


Added to PP

1 (#1,501,023)

6 months
1 (#452,962)

Historical graph of downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
How can I increase my downloads?