Pappus of Alexandria: Book 4 of the Collection: Edited With by Heike Sefrin-Weis

By Heike Sefrin-Weis

Although now not so popular at the present time, publication four of Pappus’ assortment is likely one of the most crucial and influential mathematical texts from antiquity. The mathematical vignettes shape a portrait of arithmetic through the Hellenistic "Golden Age", illustrating imperative difficulties – for instance, squaring the circle; doubling the dice; and trisecting an perspective – various resolution techniques, and the several mathematical kinds inside of old geometry.


This quantity offers an English translation of assortment four, in complete, for the 1st time, together with: a brand new version of the Greek textual content, in response to a clean transcription from the most manuscript and providing a substitute for Hultsch’s typical version, notes to facilitate figuring out of the stairs within the mathematical argument, a observation highlighting elements of the paintings that experience to date been overlooked, and helping the reconstruction of a coherent plan and imaginative and prescient in the paintings, bibliographical references for additional study.

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