9780521036894

Pappus of Alexandria and the Mathematics of Late Antiquity

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521036894

  • ISBN10:

    0521036895

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-06-21
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This book is at once an analytical study of one of the most important mathematical texts of antiquity, the Mathematical Collection of the fourth-century AD mathematician Pappus of Alexandria, and also an examination of the work's wider cultural setting. This is one of very few books to deal extensively with the mathematics of Late Antiquity. It sees Pappus' text as part of a wider context and relates it to other contemporary cultural practices and opens new avenues to research into the public understanding of mathematics and mathematical disciplines in antiquity.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The outside world
Bees and philosophers
Inclined planes and architects
Altars and strange curves
The inside story
Bibliography
General index
Index locorum
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