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« Reply #105 on: October 17, 2008, 09:03:57 pm »

Note, however, that Alamanno is here recommending a much lower level of mathematical learning than Regiomontanus advocates; the Sphere, the Theorica planetarum, and the first book of the Elements were among the most basic mathematical texts taught at the university level. Alamanno is interested in providing the necessary background for philosophical studies, not in exploring the glory of Ptolemaic astronomy or Archimedean geometry.

Claims about the utility of mathematics, whether for civic or academic purposes, still place it in an ancillary position. Mathematics is praiseworthy because it is necessary for other pursuits. This, to be sure, is praise, but not of the highest order, and Regiomontanus follows it with a much more [End Page 58] forceful argument for not just the utility, but rather the supremacy of mathematics.   
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