# DIGGES (Leonard)

, a considerable mathematician
in the 16th century, was descended from an ancient
family, and born at Digges-court in the parish of
Barham in Kent; but in what year is not known; and
died about the year 1574. He was educated for some
time at Oxford, where he laid a good foundation of
learning. Retiring from thence, he prosecuted his
studies, and became an excellent mathematician, a skilful
architect, and an expert surveyor of land, &c. He
composed several books: as, 1. *Tectonicum: briefly
shewing the exact Measuring, and speedy Reckoning of all
manner of Lands, Squares, Timber, Stones, Steeples, &c;*
1556, 4to. Augmented and published again by his son
Thomas Digges, in 1592; and also reprinted in 1647.
—2. *A Geometrical Practical Treatise, named Pantometria,
in three books.* This he left in manuscript; but
after his death, his son supplied such parts of it as were
obscure and imperfect, and published it in 1591, folio;
subjoining, “A Discourse Geometrical of the sive regular
and Platonic bodies, containing sundry theoretical
and practical propositions, arising by mutual conference
of these solids, Inseription, Circumscription, and Transformation.”—3.
*Prognostication Everlasting of right good
effect: or Choice Rules to judge the Weather by the Sun,
Moon, and Stars, &c;* in 4to. 1555, 1556, and 1564:
corrected and augmented by his son, with divers general
tables, and many compendious rules, in 4to, 1592.