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« Reply #105 on: October 17, 2008, 09:06:03 pm »

For Regiomontanus, it is the certainty offered by mathematics that demands it be ranked highly among the disciplines. This was not a unique argument, as certainty was occasionally invoked by Regiomontanus's humanist contemporaries as one of the beneficial aspects of mathematics. For example, Pier Paolo Vergerio, who taught at Padua, mentions that "knowledge of [geometry] is most pleasant and contains within itself a high degree of certainty."55 Vergerio, however, is primarily focused on the pleasure offered by mathematical pursuits, particularly astronomy:

as we gaze upwards, it is pleasant to pick out the constellations of the fixed stars . . .

there is nothing that is not pleasant to understand, [End Page 59] but it is especially

pleasant to concern ourselves with those things which cause sensible effects in the air

and round about the earth.56
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