Sacrobosco and His Commentators

In conjunction with History of Science 323, The Scientific Revolution, as taught by Prof. Florence Hsia with Robin Rider, the Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has digitized selected pages and illustrations from each of its editions of the works of Sacrobosco (Joannes de Sacro Bosco [Sacrobosco], or John of Holywood, fl. 1230), for use in class presentations.

The Max Planck Institute for History of Science in Berlin has since undertaken a project entitled De sphaera including a database listing “320 books printed between 1472 and 1650, which contain the text of or are closely related to John of Sacrobosco’s treatise De sphaera mundi.” Additional information from another survey of editions is available at the Web site Johannes de Sacrobosco Tractatus de Sphaera, now maintained by the Group of History, Theory of Science and Science Teaching, State University of São Paulo, Brazil.