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Basler-Edition der Bernoulli-Briefwechsel (BEBB)

Applicant Harbrecht Helmut
Number 157900
Funding scheme Editionen
Research institution Fachbereich Mathematik Departement Mathematik und Informatik Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline General history (without pre-and early history)
Start/End 01.08.2017 - 31.03.2022
Approved amount 678'264.00
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General history (without pre-and early history)

Keywords (5)

Correspondence; Online Edition; Bernoulli ; History of Mathematics; History of Science

Lay Summary (German)

Gegenstand des vorliegenden Projekts ist der Abschluss der bereits weit fortgeschrittenen Basler Edition der Bernoulli-Briefwechsel (BEBB), die online unter laufend publiziert wird. Zentrales Anliegen der BEBB ist die Edition zuverlässiger und kommentierter Texte der Briefwechsel der Mathematiker Daniel Bernoulli (1700-1782), Jacob II Bernoulli (1759-1789), Johann I Bernoulli (1667-1748), Johann II Bernoulli (1710-1790), Nicolaus I Bernoulli (1687-1759), Nicolaus II Bernoulli (1695-1726) und Jacob Hermann (1678-1733). Unter den Korrespondenzpartnern der Bernoulli befinden sich einige der bedeutendsten Wissenschafter des 18. Jahrhunderts wie Leibniz, Newton, Euler, Wolff, Bilfinger, Varignon, De Mairan, Maupertuis, Du Châtelet, Clairaut, Montmort, de Moivre, Cheyne, Michelotti, Poleni, Riccati, Scheuchzer und viele andere.
Lay summary

Die BEBB ist eine kritische und kommentierte Edition, die neben den edierten Texten auch digitale Bilder der Briefmanuskripte bereitstellt. Die Briefe sind wiederum mit den Eintragen des Basler Inventars der Bernoulli-Briefwechsel (BIBB) an der Universitatsbibliothek Basel verlinkt, die die Metadaten und zahlreiche Informationen zu den Briefen enthalt. Die Edition ist open access im Internet verfugbar. 

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 11.07.2017

Responsible applicant and co-applicants



Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Early Modern Letters Online Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Zentralbibliothek Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Euler-Edition Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Leibniz-Archiv Hannover Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
DHLab (Prof. Lukas Rosenthaler, Universität Basel) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Universitätsbibliothek Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
163313 The annotated edition of the Bernoulli-Varignon-correspondence 1714-1722 01.11.2015 Project funding (special)
166072 Bernoulli-Euler Online (BEOL): Development of a platform for digital editing and a virtual research environment for historical scientific texts 01.07.2016 Project funding


The Basler Edition der Bernoulli-Briefwechsel (BEBB) has the aim of publishing a full online edition of the letters exchanged by the mathematicians and physicists Daniel Bernoulli (1700-1782), Jacob I Bernoulli (1654-1705), Jacob II Bernoulli (1759-1789), Johann I Bernoulli (1667-1748), Johann II Bernoulli (1710-1790), Nicolaus I Bernoulli (1687-1759), Nicolaus II Bernoulli (1695-1726), and Jacob Hermann (1678-1733) with over 400 correspondents, many of them of world renown. The Bernoulli correspondence represents a central part of the scientific network of the 17th and 18th century and is an essential text source for the study of western intellectual history, particularly of the history of mathematics and physics.With the project proposed here the still unpublished part of the correspondence of Johann I Bernoulli, of Jacob Hermann and almost half of the correspondence of Nicolaus I Bernoulli, which together make up 760 letters, will be edited and thus made accessible to the scholarly community for the first time. To complete the whole edition the remaining 1744 unpublished letters would be edited within two more projects planned for the subsequent 6 years. The proposed project offers a critical and fully annotated edition presenting reliable and citable texts. All texts are based on transcriptions of the manuscript sources and contain a detailed documentation of all executed emendations and standardisations. The constitution of the texts will be carried out according to the editorial rules already outlined for the BEBB. The edition will also contain detailed metadata for each letter, a philological-critical apparatus, local commentaries on the content, a bibliography, both a subject and a name index, and introductory comments on each correspondence or letter group. In addition to the transcriptions, high-resolution digital images of the manuscripts will be added to each letter published in the BEBB. The BEBB is published online and is available to the general public free of charge in accordance with open-access policies. The target group of this edition are mathematicians, physicists, historians of science and philosophy, historians of the 18th century, editors of connected letter exchanges, and all those more generally interested in one of the central collections of scientific exchange in the 17th and 18th century. Through making previously largely unpublished source material accessible, the edition will present an important basis for future scholarly research.Institutionally, the BEBB is part of the scientific projects of the Bernoulli-Euler-Zentrum (BEZ) at the University of Basel, founded in 2012 with the goal of promoting research on the scientific legacy of the Bernoulli family and Leonhard Euler as well as the edition of their work. The BEZ is located in the Basel University Library, which supports its work in manifold ways, providing office space, infrastructure, technical support, and access to the source material. Most crucially, the Basel University Library supports the Bernoulli edition by personnel resources, which are needed for the digitisation of the manuscripts, for developing the BEBB's web presence and for hosting and maintaining its data.