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

Theo de Jong, Huib J. Zuidervaart

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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’.
Vertaalde titel van de bijdrage‘Philosophus et Mathematicus Incomparabilis’. Johannes Hudde (1628–1704): the enlightened mayor of Amsterdam
Originele taal-2Nederlands
Pagina's (van-tot)26-54
Aantal pagina's29
TijdschriftStudium (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusGepubliceerd - 10 okt. 2018


  • 17th century
  • Amsterdam
  • History of Science


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