Pappus of Alexandria and the Mathematics of Late Antiquity

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Cambridge University Press, 21 de juny 2007 - 248 pàgines
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. An important first chapter looks at the mathematicians of the period and how mathematics was perceived by people at large. The central chapters of the book analyse sections of the Collection, identifying features typical of Pappus's mathematical practice. The final chapter draws together the various threads and presents a fuller description of Pappus's mathematical 'agenda'. This is one of few books to deal extensively with the mathematics of Late Antiquity. It sees Pappus's text as part of a wider context and relates it to other contemporary cultural practices and opens avenues to research into the public understanding of mathematics and mathematical disciplines in antiquity.
 

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Continguts

Mathematics in the workshop
19
Mathematics and the educated person
46
Comparisons
59
Creations
76
Conclusion
89
Bodies motion and human limits
104
Conclusion
121
Fishing in the stream of tradition
139
Conclusion
167
The sins of the fathers
187
The ghost of mathematicians past
197
General index
224
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