The Ruggero Giuseppe Boscovich Papers, 1711-1787, consist of
correspondence and scientific papers relating to astronomy, mathematics, mechanics,
philosophy, theology, hydropgraphy, and optics. Also included are biographical materials,
notes on the work of other scientists and diary fragments.
Rudjer Josip Boscovich, Yugoslavian mathematician and natural philosopher, was born in
Dalmatia at Ragusa on May 18, 1711. In 1725, at the age of fifteen, he entered the Society
of Jesus, beginning his studies in mathematics and physics at Collegio Romano, the
preeminent Jesuit college. After completing his novitiate in 1740, Boscovich was appointed
professor of mathematical science at the Collegio where he continued to teach for twenty
years, publishing many dissertations on topics such as sunspots, the Aurora Borealis, the
effects of gravity, and the transit of Mercury.
Number of containers: 5 cartons, 2 volumes
Linear feet: 6.45
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