# Stevin, Simon

, a Flemish mathematician
of Bruges, who died in 1633, was master of mathematics
to prince Maurice of Nassau, and inspector of the dykes in
Holland. It is said he was the inventor of the sailing chariots, sometimes made use of in Holland. He was a good
practical mathematician and mechanist, and was author of
several useful works: as, treatises on arithmetic, algebra,
geometry, statics, optics, trigonometry, geography, astronomy, fortification, and many others, in the Dutch language, which were translated into Latin, by Snellius, and
printed in two volumes folio. There are also two editions
in the French language, in folio, both printed at Leyden,
the one in 1608, and the other in 1634, with curious notes
and additions, by Albert Girard. In Dr. Hutton’s Dictionary, art. Algebra, there is a particular account of
Stevin’s inventions and improvements, which were many and
ingenious. ^{2}

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oereri. Gen. Dict. —Hutton’s Dict.