## Meaning of "quantitas terminata"

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### Meaning of "quantitas terminata"

Salvete!

I need a little help with the expression quantitas terminata. I stumbled upon it in a sort of preface to Schott's Cursus Mathematicus dealing with the etymology of the name of mathematics and its nature. A little bit of context:
Schott wrote:Merito mirantur nonnulli, cur inter omnes humanas divinasque scientias, sola illa, quae circa quantitatem terminatam, tanquam circa proprium, ac sibi peculiare objectum versatur, communiterque a primis jam saeculis Mathematica appellatur, hoc sibi nomen, quod aliis commune esse debebat, tanquam proprium usurpet, non vulgi errore, sed sapientum omnium decreto.
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Objectum Mathematicae quod attinet, in confesso apud omnes est, quantitatem terminatam id esse, (ut jam insinuavi) tam continuam, quam discretam.
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Ex dictis colligitur, quae sit Mathematicae essentia seu natura; est quippe scientia tractans de quantitate terminata, eaque vel a sensibili materia abstractâ, vel eidem immersâ.

I just do not understand what quantitas terminata is supposed to mean in this context. Isn't any science terminata, i.e. restricted? What does it mean?

Valete,

Carolus Raeticus
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### Re: Meaning of "quantitas terminata"

terminata quantitas versus quantitatem indeterminatam
Anglicè est "bounded entity or quantity (which is measurable)" vs. "unbounded or indeterminate entity or quantity"
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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### Re: Meaning of "quantitas terminata"

Thank you for the hint.

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