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The Works of Archimedes

The Works of Archimedes
Translation and Commentary

Volume 2. On Spirals

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  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521661454

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  • This is the second volume of the first fully-fledged English translation of the works of Archimedes - antiquity's greatest scientist and one of the most important scientific figures in history. It covers On Spirals and is based on a reconsideration of the Greek text and diagrams, now made possible through new discoveries from the Archimedes Palimpsest. On Spirals is one of Archimedes' most dazzling geometrical tours de force, suggesting a manner of 'squaring the circle' and, along the way, introducing the attractive geometrical object of the spiral. The form of argument, no less than the results themselves, is striking, and Reviel Netz contributes extensive and insightful comments that focus on Archimedes' scientific style, making this volume indispensable for scholars of classics and the history of science, and of great interest for the scientists and mathematicians of today.

    • The first full English translation of the works of Archimedes, based on recent improvements in our knowledge of the text as a result of the Archimedes Palimpsest
    • This second volume covers Archimedes' thinking on the spiral, one of his most striking arguments
    • The detailed commentary offers an interpretation of Archimedes' scientific style and opens up new ways of thinking about the history of mathematics
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521661454
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Translation and commentary: On Spirals
    Appendix: Pappus' collection IV.21-25
    Scholia to On Spirals.

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    Editor and Translator

    Reviel Netz, Stanford University, California
    Reviel Netz is Professor of Classics at Stanford University, California, and is the leading scholar of Archimedes today. He has published numerous articles and books, many of which have led to new directions in the study of the history of science, including The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics (Cambridge, 1999), The Transformation of Mathematics in the Early Mediterranean World (Cambridge, 2004), and Ludic Proof (Cambridge, 2009). He is also producing a complete new translation of and commentary on the works of Archimedes.

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