A History of Greek Mathematics: Volume 1 (Cambridge Library Collection - Classics)

A History of Greek Mathematics: Volume 1 (Cambridge Library Collection - Classics)

By: T. L. Heath (author)Paperback

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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 that touches on the conditions which made possible the rapid development of philosophy and science in ancient Greece. The coverage begins with Thales and ends with Euclid.

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Contents

Preface; 1. Introductory; 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; 9. Plato; 10. From Plato to Euclid; 11. Euclid.

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  • publication date: 25/02/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781108063067
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 468
  • ID: 9781108063067
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1108063063

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