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It took more than two centuries for the Europeans to make their unexpected heritage their own. By the 15th century, however, they were prepared to go beyond their sources. The most novel developments occurred where creativity was strongest, in the art of the Italian Renaissance. Linear Perspective The theory of linear perspective, the brainchild of the Florentine architect-engineers Filippo Brunelleschi (1377– 1446) and Leon Battista Alberti (1404–72) and their followers, was to help remake geometry during the 17th century.
In trying to resolve discrepancies between his original theory and Brahe’s observations, Kepler made the capital discovery that the planets move in ellipses around the Sun as a focus. Measuring the Earth and Heavens Geometry offered Greek cosmologists not only a way to speculate about the structure of the universe but also the means to measure it. South of Alexandria and roughly on the same meridian of longitude is the village of Syene (modern Aswān), where the Sun stands directly overhead at noon on a midsummer day.
Rather than the memorization of simple algorithms to solve equations by rote, it demands true insight into the subject, clever ideas for applying theorems in special situations, an ability to generalize from known facts, and an insistence on the importance of proof. In Euclid’s great work, the Elements, the only tools employed for geometrical constructions were the ruler and compass— a restriction retained in elementary Euclidean geometry to this day. In its rigorous deductive organization, the Elements remained the very model of scientific exposition until the end of the 19th century, when the German mathematician 59 7 The Britannica Guide to Geometry 7 David Hilbert wrote his famous Foundations of Geometry (1899).