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The Works of Archimedes

The Works of Archimedes
Translation and Commentary

Volume 1. The Two Books On the Sphere and the Cylinder

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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521117982

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  • The works translated here--the two books On the Sphere and Cylinder--were a source of great pride for Archimedes, the greatest scientist of antiquity. Accompanying this translation is the first scientific edition of the diagrams, which incorporates new information from the recently discovered Archimedes Palimpsest. The volume also includes the first English translation of Eutocius's commentary. Reviel Netz's commentary analyzes Archimedes's work from contemporary research perspectives such as scientific style and the cognitive history of mathematical texts.

    • First fully-fledged English translation of these masterpieces by the greatest scientist of antiquity
    • The scientific edition of the diagrams and the running commentary provided put the work at the forefront of the contemporary history of science
    • Includes a translation of the Commentary by Eutocius, which contains some of the most valuable information we possess on the history of Greek mathematics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This volume, and the overall project it launches, is a most welcome addition to the scholarship on Hellenistic mathematics and the mathematical sciences." Nathan Sidoli, University of Toronto

    "...this work is an important, interesting, and very welcome contribution to the field of ancient mathematics." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521117982
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 108 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Translation and Commentary: On Sphere and Cylinder Book I
    On Sphere and Cylinder Book II
    Eutocius' Commentary to On Sphere and Cylinder Book I
    Eutocius' Commentary to On Sphere and Cylinder Book II

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    Editor and Translator

    Reviel Netz, Stanford University, California
    Reviel Netz is Assistant Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He is the author of The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics (1999; 0521 62279 4), which was a joint winner of the Runciman Award for 2000.

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