Renaissance of the The Age of the Sages Stevin’s construction of forgotten knowledge

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This paper discusses the reconstruction of a renaissance of an age that was never born. The Flemish/Dutch scholar Simon Stevin in his work Wijsentijt (Age of the Sages) (included in Mathematical Memoirs-1608) pleads for the restoration of the Age of the Sages, which knowledge at the time of Hipparchus and Ptolemy almost had been forgotten. He supports his claim of the existence of the Age of Sages with arguments based on philology, algebra, geometry, geography, alchemy and magic. Here we discuss Stevin’s mixed strategies to restore this forgotten knowledge by combining the knowledge of practitioners with the use of pure languages: Dutch and mathematics that express the sciences best to correct errors in interpretations of natural order as a result of the divulgation of less pure languages, such as Greek and Latin.
Period22 Mar 2018
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Stevin
  • Renaissances
  • Age of Sages
  • Wysentijt
  • history of knowledge