New book: Correspondence Van Nierop as third volume in the series ‘Tools and Sources for the History of Science in the Netherlands’

The correspondence of Dirck Rembrantsz van Nierop (1610-1682), edited by Marlise Rijks, is the third volume in the series ‘Tools and Sources for the History of Science’. This edition contains the complete preserved correspondence of Dirck Rembrantsz van Nierop (1610-1682), a seventeenth-century shoemaker who became a respected mathematician and astronomer with a remarkably body of work. Van Nierop’s correspondence gives a unique insight into the mathematical culture of the seventeenth century Dutch Republic. Van Nierop corresponded with famous men like Christiaan Huygens, Frans van Schooten, and Nicolaas Witsen, but also with lesser known figures such as captains, surveyors and lens-grinders. The letters reveal the widespread interest in the new ‘natural philosophy’ and ‘practical mathematics’ during the seventeenth century. This edition is a valuable source for everyone interested in the development of knowledge and scientific practices in the Dutch Republic.

The series ‘Tools and Sources for the History of Science in the Netherlands’ aims to make source materials relevant to the history of science in the Netherlands available for study. Volumes are published free of charge, and are available online at the Dutch History of Science Web Centre. They can be ordered in physical form through U2pi publishers at http://www.jouwboek.nl/

Illustration on top: Detail map by Van Nierop (Amsterdam 1660) @ Wikimedia Commons