2.1 Part 1 the usefulness of this science
In the first part of this book, we describe the usefulness of this science as follows. It is clear to the wise that science begins in the sensitive and imaginative powers where the human intellect receives species which are likenesses of sense objects, and then makes these species intelligible in its essence, and by reason of this intelligibility, the intellect attains the natural secrets of corporeal substances, and as the intellect cannot do this without help from the imagination, this science also nurtures the imagination in imagining imaginary mensurations based on sense data.

And so this science is good for strengthening the imagination's imagining and the intellect's understanding, and likewise with memory, for when the imagination has a more virtuous disposition in imagining, the memory also has a more virtuous disposition in retaining the species transmitted to it by the intellect and acquired through the imagination.
Through the master figure, this science provides a doctrine for penetrating the quadrangulature and triangulature of the circle, and a doctrine for the other figures as well. Thus, the imagination develops its virtue inasmuch as it attains new species in the equality of circular and straight lines and their surfaces, following the doctrine given in the first book. And by multiplying species attained by the imagination through diverse investigative methods, the intellect and memory acquire much material that enables them to reach a greater understanding of corporeal substances and accidents.

For instance, we extend the line of the circle to consider it as a straight line, and likewise, in the minor square, we extend a 5th line measured in the master figure by the intellect with the imagination, taking this 5th line along with the 4 other lines to produce the middle square of the master figure, as we proved in the second figure where the circle is squared, and likewise with the 6th mathematical line of the pentagon in third figure, and so with the other figures used in this science to imagine mensurations that are not, and cannot be sensed. Through this, the imagination has a loftier and more virtuous act than with lines and figures that can be sensed.

For instance, the 5th line of the square potentially exists in the circle of the master figure, and is more useful to imagine than the 4 lines of the minor square in the master figure. This kind of imagining raises the imagination aloft and helps the intellect and memory to better attain imaginable objects which cannot be imagined in reality, but which can be understood and loved spiritually, like God, angels as well as prime general and abstract principles like general goodness and other such things, following the comments given in the first book on each particular figure and things deduced from them.
And this science is useful, as we said, and as it is understandable per se, it is very dear to those who desire to know it and who desire to have an intellect that understands well and a memory that remembers well.