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The Works of Archimedes: Volume 1, The Two Books On the Sphere and the Cylinder: Translation and Commentary by Archimedes at Abbey's Bookshop,

The Works of Archimedes: Volume 1, The Two Books On the Sphere and the Cylinder: Translation and Commentary

Archimedes Reviel Netz


9780521117982

Cambridge University Pres


Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Philosophy of mathematics


Paperback

388 pages

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Archimedes was the greatest scientist of antiquity and one of the greatest of all time. This book is Volume I of the first authoritative translation of his works into English. It is also the first publication of a major ancient Greek mathematician to include a critical edition of the diagrams and the first translation into English of Eutocius' ancient commentary on Archimedes. Furthermore, it is the first work to offer recent evidence based on the Archimedes Palimpsest, the major source for Archimedes, lost between 1915 and 1998. A commentary on the translated text studies the cognitive practice assumed in writing and reading the work, and it is Reviel Netz's aim to recover the original function of the text as an act of communication. Particular attention is paid to the aesthetic dimension of Archimedes' writings. Taken as a whole, the commentary offers a groundbreaking approach to the study of mathematical texts.

By:   Archimedes
Edited and translated by:   Reviel Netz
Imprint:   Cambridge University Pres
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 170mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   620g
ISBN:   9780521117982
ISBN 10:   0521117984
Pages:   388
Publication Date:   July 2009
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction; Translation and Commentary: On Sphere and Cylinder Book I; On Sphere and Cylinder Book II; Eutocius' Commentary to On Sphere and Cylinder Book I; Eutocius' Commentary to On Sphere and Cylinder Book II; Bibliography; Index.

Reviel Netz is Assistant Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He is the author of The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics (1999; 0521 62279 4), which was a joint winner of the Runciman Award for 2000.


Review of the hardback: ' ... this translation is certainly an event of great importance concerning the edition of ancient Greek mathematics. the forthcoming volumes are awaited with impatience!' Zentralblatt MATH

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