# Stifels, Michael

, a protestant minister, and very skilful mathematician, was born at Eslingen, a town in Germany; and died at Jena in Thuringia,
in I 567, at fifty-eight years of age, according to Vossius,
but some others say eighty. Stitels was one of the best
mathematicians ol his time. He published, in the German
language, a treatise on algebra, and another on the Calendar or ecclesiastical computation. But his chief work is
the “Arithmetica Integra,” a complete and exct llent treatise, in Latin, on Arithmetic and Algebra, printed in 4to,
at Norimberg, 1544. In this work there are a number of
ingenious inventions, both in common arithmetic, and in
algebra, and many curious things, some of which have
been ascribed to a much later date, such as the triangular
table for constructing progressional and figurate numbers,
logarithms, &c. Stifels was a zealous, but weak uisciple
of Luther, and took it into his head to become a prophet.
He predicted that the end of the world would happen on a
certain day in 1553, by which he terrified many people,
but lived to see its fallacy, and to experience the resentment of those whom he had deluded. ^{2}

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Gen. Dict. Mutton’s Dict. —Moreri.