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'If one would understand the Greek genius fully, it would be a good plan to begin with their geometry.' As early as the sixth century BCE, Thales of Miletus used geometrical principles to calculate distance and height. Within a few hundred years, Euclid had produced his seminal Elements, which was still used as a textbook when this two-volume work was first published in 1921. A distinguished civil servant as well as an expert on ancient Greek mathematics, Sir Thomas Little Heath (1861–1940) includes here sufficient detail for a modern mathematician to grasp ancient methodology, alongside explanatory sections aimed at classicists. This remains a rigorous and essential exposition of a vast topic. Volume 1 includes an introduction and a section on numerical notation and arithmetical operations. The coverage begins with Thales and ends with Euclid. Volume 2 focuses on post-Euclidian mathematics, beginning with the work of Aristarchus of Samos and extending to that of Diophantus of Alexandria.
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- Date Published: November 2013
- format: Multiple copy pack
- isbn: 9781108062879
- length: 1072 pages
- dimensions: 220 x 140 x 70 mm
- weight: 1.2kg
- availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface
2. Greek numerical notation and arithmetical operations
3. Pythagorean arithmetic
4. The earliest Greek geometry
5. Pythagorean geometry
6. Progress in the elements down to Plato's time
7. Special problems
8. Zeno of Elea
10. From Plato to Euclid
11. Euclid. Volume 2:
12. Aristarchus of Samos
14. Conic sections
15. The successors of the great geometers
16. Some handbooks
19. Pappus of Alexandria
21. Commentators and Byzantines
Index of Greek words
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