‘Philosophus et Mathematicus Incomparabilis’: Johannes Hudde (1628–1704), de Verlichte burgemeester van Amsterdam

Translated title of the contribution: ‘Philosophus et Mathematicus Incomparabilis’. Johannes Hudde (1628–1704): the enlightened mayor of Amsterdam

Theo de Jong, Huib J. Zuidervaart

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Abstract

This article is devoted to the scholarly achievements of Johannes Hudde, who in the late seventeenth century was one of the most influential mayors of Amsterdam. Already in his years as a student at Leiden University, Hudde became renowned as a very skilled mathematician. Coming from an elite Amsterdam family, it was his destiny to become a magistrate in the service of the city of Amsterdam. He also occupied the office of Director of the Dutch East India Company VOC. In these high positions Hudde stimulated many technical innovations, for instance concerning the quality, quantity and supply of water in Amsterdam; the introduction of street lighting; the improvement of fire hoses
and much more. His enlightened ideas also gave rise to fairly moderate points of view. Several controversial ideas could be published without obstruction during Hudde’s time as one of Amsterdam’s ‘Burgemeesters’.
Translated title of the contribution‘Philosophus et Mathematicus Incomparabilis’. Johannes Hudde (1628–1704): the enlightened mayor of Amsterdam
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)26-54
Number of pages29
JournalStudium (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Dutch Republic
  • 17th century
  • Amsterdam
  • Johannes Hudde

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