SELECTIONS ILLUSTRATING THE HISTORY OF GREEK MATHEMATICS
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Excerpt from Selections Illustrating the History of Greek Mathematics, Vol. 1 of 2: From Thales to Euclid In a strictly logical arrangement the passages would, no doubt, be grouped wholly by subjects or by persons. But such an arrangement would not be satisfactory. I imagine that the average reader would like to see, for example, all the passages on the squaring of the circle together, but would also like to see the varied discoveries of Archimedes in a Single section. The arrangement here adopted is a compromise for which I must ask the reader's indulgence where he might himself have made a different grouping. The contributions of the Greeks to arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, mensuration and algebra are noticed as fully as possible, but astronomy and music, though included by the Greeks under the name mathematics, have had to be almost wholly excluded. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Author : Jean Christianidis
ISBN : 9781402026409
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The twentieth century is the period during which the history of Greek mathematics reached its greatest acme. Indeed, it is by no means exaggerated to say that Greek mathematics represents the unique field from the wider domain of the general history of science which was included in the research agenda of so many and so distinguished scholars, from so varied scientific communities (historians of science, historians of philosophy, mathematicians, philologists, philosophers of science, archeologists etc. ), while new scholarship of the highest quality continues to be produced. This volume includes 19 classic papers on the history of Greek mathematics that were published during the entire 20th century and affected significantly the state of the art of this field. It is divided into six self-contained sections, each one with its own editor, who had the responsibility for the selection of the papers that are republished in the section, and who wrote the introduction of the section. It constitutes a kind of a Reader book which is today, one century after the first publications of Tannery, Zeuthen, Heath and the other outstanding figures of the end of the 19th and the beg- ning of 20th century, rather timely in many respects.