Mersenne , ibid. Niceron reworked La perspective curieuse, augmented it with new observations, and translated it into Latin under the title Thaumaturgus opticus, sive amiranda optices, etc. Paris, , in-fol. This was to have been followed by two other editions, but Niceron died before he could complete them. The and editions are both available online. In the original work, Niceron concentrated primarily on the practical applications of perspective, catoptrics, and dioptrics , and on the illusory effects of optics, then traditionally associated with natural magic.
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His book was first published in An augmented version was then translated into Latin by Mersenne in A newly amended and augmented version was retranslated into French by Roberval in This book is an English translation of the text, with reference to the and versions.
Niceron himself did not intend to produce a great work of mathematical theory, but a useful manual for practitioners and artists.
As a result, his text at times includes approximations. On his retirement in , he switched his research interests to the interaction of mathematics and art and began a collaborative association with John Sharp.
He is the co-author of textbooks on elementary physics and environmental physics. John Sharp started his career as an analytical chemist before becoming a technical writer, authoring manuals on a variety of software and hardware products. He also taught geometry as continuing education, and organised and lectured at Bridges Maths and Art conferences.
He is known for paper sculpture including books on sliceform surfaces. He has dedicated most of his research work to the history of geometry, optics, and linear perspective. Sylvia Hunt is a professor of literature at Laurentian University, Canada. All Rights Reserved.
Jean-François Niceron: Curious Perspective