De ludo globi is a book by Nicholas Cusanus.

The text was written in Rome and completed in October 1463. It consists of two dialogues, the first between Cusanus and John IV, Duke of Bavaria and the second between Cusanus and John's brother Albert IV, Duke of Bavaria.[1]

First DialogueEdit

This dialogue starts with Cusanus resting after having played a newly invented ball game. "No honest game is entirely lacking in the capacity to instruct." observes Cusanus. Having compared the motion of the misbalanced ball used in the game to the soul of man, set in motion by god, he moves on to discuss a game he had been toying with:

I thought to invent a game of knowledge, I considered how it should be done. Next I defined it, making it as you see.


  1. ^ Cusanus, Nicholas. "De Ludo Globi" (PDF). Retrieved 22 April 2018.