112 Geometry and Theology in the XIIIth century An example of their interrelation as found in the Ms Admont 442 The influence of William of Auxerre? PAUL M. J. E. TUMMERS I is a well-known fact that mathematical examples are often used in the philosophical works of antiquity, not so much as pure illustration of what is being discussed, but because-and this is particularly true of Aristotle-mathematics was seen as the scientific discipline par excellence.! This is at least equally true for the 13th c. paraphrases and commentaries on Aristotle's works, such as those by Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas.2 The use of mathematical definitions and propositions etc. is to be found not only in the Aris- totelian works of the Middle Ages, but also in other philosophical and, for that matter, theological works. We have only to think of Oxford to realize that particularly from the 13th c. onwards a number of thinkers were according mathematics a very important place amongst the sciences. As an illustration of this point the names of Robert Grosseteste, Roger Bacon (z3th c.) and Thomas Bradwardine (14the c.) spring to mind.3 Although one might maintain that Roger Bacon, for example, held rather
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