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Ancient Mathematics

1st Edition

By Serafina Cuomo


304 pages

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pub: 2001-07-26
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The theorem of Pythagoras, Euclid's "Elements", Archimedes' method to find the volume of a sphere: all parts of the invaluable legacy of ancient mathematics. But ancient mathematics was also about counting and measuring, surveying land and attributing mystical significance to the number six.

This volume offers the first accessible survey of the discipline in all its variety and diversity of practices. The period covered ranges from the fifth century BC to the sixth century AD, with the focus on the Mediterranean region. Topics include:

* mathematics and politics in classical Greece

* the formation of mathematical traditions

* the self-image of mathematicians in the Graeco-Roman period

* mathematics and Christianity

* and the use of the mathematical past in late antiquity.


'Nicely written, expertly researched.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Ancient Mathematics provides a rich and diverse picture of mathematics in ancient Greece and Rome. With C. history of mathematics sheds its ahistoricity and gets its hands dirty.' - Journal of Roman Studies

'This book is engagingly written; and it is a pleasure to entrust oneself to Cuomo's choices.' - Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science

About the Series

Sciences of Antiquity

The volumes in Sciences of Antiquity explore how the ancients saw, interpreted and handled the natural world, from the elements to the most complex of living things. Their discussions on these matters formed a resource for those who later worked on the same topics, including scientists. A consequent purpose is to provide historians with an understanding of the materials with which later writers, rather than passively receiving and transmitting ancient ideas, constructed their own world view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
SCIENCE / General