Albert of Saxony (philosopher)

Albert Rickmers village (* around 1316 in Rickmerstorf; † July 8, 1390 in Halberstadt ), also known as Albertus de Saxonia (according to Albert of Saxony), Albert of Helmstedt, Albertutius, Albert of Ricmestorp, Albertus parvus, was a German mathematician and logician. When Albrecht III. He was from 1366 to 1390 Bishop of Halberstadt.


Albert of Saxony was born as Albrecht Rike, son of the farmer Bernhard Rike, in Rick Ensdorf ( Samtgemeinde Velpke, county Helmstedt ). After studying in Prague and Paris, he taught from 1351 to 1362 as a professor at the University of Paris in 1353 and became rector of the Sorbonne.

Then he went to the court of Pope Urban V. to Avignon, where he Duke Rudolf IV of Austria successfully led negotiations for confirmation of the University of Vienna in order. Albert of Saxony in 1365 the first rector of this university.

On October 21, 1366, he was, from that point on Albrecht III. named Bishop of Halberstadt.

Albert of Saxony was involved in the development of the impetus theory for which he proposed the motion of the body in three instead of the current to divide two sections.

He died on July 8, 1390 and was buried in the middle of the Halberstadt Cathedral.


  • Sophismata et Insolubilia et obligationes, Paris in 1489 and Hildesheim 1975 Reproduction
  • Tractatus proportionum, Venice 1496 and Vienna 1971: Publisher Hubert LL Busard
  • De latudinibus, Padua 1505
  • Perutilis Logica magistri Alberti de Saxonia, Venice 1522 and Reproduction in Hildesheim 1974
  • De latitudinibus formarum
  • De maximo et minimo
  • Tractatus proportionum
  • De quadratura Circuli
  • Quaestiones super quatuor libros Aristotelis de Caelo et mundo (edited by Jerome Surianus, Venice 1497: digitized )