Bruno's Mathematical Dilemma in His Poem De Minimo
Author: Aquilecchia, Giovanni
Source: Renaissance Studies, Volume 5, Number 3, September 1991 , pp. 315-326(12)
Abstract:It was almost inevitable that Bruno should add prose commentaries to his poem De minimo (1591), since it is the most specifically mathematical of his three philosophical poems. This essay analyses the five books of the poem, and considers recent critical assessments of it. ‘Minimum’ in Bruno can refer to the indivisible material element (or atom), or the minimal figure in a given genus (the ‘minimum’ proper), and this would seem to place him against the mathematical and physical conceptions of his contemporaries.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 1991