Mario Bettinus

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Mario Bettinus

Mario Bettinus (Italian name: Mario Bettini; 6 February 1582 – 7 November 1657) was an Italian Jesuit philosopher, mathematician and astronomer. The lunar crater Bettinus was named after him by Giovanni Riccioli in 1651.[1] His Apiaria Universae Philosophiae Mathematicae is an encyclopedic collection of mathematical curiosities.[2] This work had been reviewed by Christoph Grienberger.[3] Bettini was one of the fiercest Jesuit critics of Cavalieri's method of Indivisibles.[4]


Aerarium philosophiae mathematicae, Bologna 1648. Mainz, Stadtbibliothek
  • Apiaria Universae Philosophiae Mathematicae, 1642
  • Aerarium philosophiae mathematicae (in Latin). 1. Bologna: Giovanni Battista Ferroni. 1647.

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  1. ^ Scott, John M., S.J. (Fall 1995), "34 Jesuits on the Moon" (PDF), Creighton University Window: 12–15.
  2. ^ Andersen, Kirsti (2008), The Geometry of an Art: The History of the Mathematical Theory of Perspective from Alberti to Monge, Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Springer, p. 374, ISBN 9780387489469.
  3. ^ Gorman, Michael John (2003), "Mathematics and modesty in the Society of Jesus: The Problems of Christoph Grienberger (1564–1636)", in Feingold, Mordechai (ed.), The New Science and Jesuit Science: Seventeenth Century Perspectives, Archimedes, 6, Dordrecht: Kluwer, pp. 1–120, archived from the original on March 13, 2005.
  4. ^ Amir Alexander (2014). Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World. Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0374176815.

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