A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume II

Want to download or buy A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume II?

Click to download from Amazon →

`As it is, the book is indispensable; it has, indeed, no serious English rival.` — Times Literary Supplement `Sir Thomas Heath, foremost English historian of the ancient exact sciences in the twentieth century.` — Prof. W. H. Stahl `Indeed, seeing that so much of Greek is mathematics, it is arguable that, if one would understand the Greek genius fully, it would be a good plan to begin with their geometry.` The perspective that enabled Sir Thomas Heath to understand the Greek genius — deep intimacy with languages, literatures, philosophy, and all the sciences — brought him perhaps closer to his beloved subjects, and to their own ideal of educated men than is common or even possible today. Heath read the original texts with a critical, scrupulous eye and brought to this definitive two-volume history the insights of a mathematician communicated with the clarity of classically taught English. `Of all the manifestations of the Greek genius none is more impressive and even awe-inspiring than that which is revealed by the history of Greek mathematics.` Heath records that history with the scholarly comprehension and comprehensiveness that marks this work as obviously classic now as when it first appeared in 1921. The linkage and unity of mathematics and philosophy suggest the outline for the entire history. Heath covers in sequence Greek numerical notation, Pythagorean arithmetic, Thales and Pythagorean geometry, Zeno, Plato, Euclid, Aristarchus, Archimedes, Apollonius, Hipparchus and trigonometry, Ptolemy, Heron, Pappus, Diophantus of Alexandria and the algebra. Interspersed are sections devoted to the history and analysis of famous problems: squaring the circle, angle trisection, duplication of the cube, and an appendix on Archimedes’s proof of the subtangent property of a spiral. The coverage is everywhere thorough and judicious; but Heath is not content with plain exposition: It is a defect in the existing histories that, while they state generally the contents of, and the main propositions proved in, the great treatises of Archimedes and Apollonius, they make little attempt to describe the procedure by which the results are obtained. I have therefore taken pains, in the most significant cases, to show the course of the argument in sufficient detail to enable a competent mathematician to grasp the method used and to apply it, if he will, to other similar investigations. Mathematicians, then, will rejoice to find Heath back in print and accessible after many years. Historians of Greek culture and science can renew acquaintance with a standard reference; readers in general will find, particularly in the energetic discourses on Euclid and Archimedes, exactly what Heath means by impressive and awe-inspiring.

Table of contents

Cover
Title Page
Copyright Page
Contents
XII. Aristarchus of Samos
XIII. Archimedes
XIV. Conic Sections. Apollonius of Perga
XV. The Successors of the Great Geometers
XVI. Some Handbooks
XVII. Trigonometry: Hipparchus, Menelaus, Ptolemy
XVIII. Mensuration: Heron of Alexandria, Pages
XIX. Pappus of Alexandria
XX. Algebra: Diophantus of Alexandria
XXI. Commentators and Byzantines
Appendix. On Archimedes’s Proof of the Subtangent-Property of a Spiral
Index of Greek Word
English Index


Is A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume II Free to Download?

No, i'm afraid not. Every single book that we feature on Allbooks.co is a paid-for, premium publication that you have to part your hard earned cash for. There is no point trying to find a free download of A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume II so please don't waste your time looking. Head over to Amazon to buy a physical or digital copy of A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume II. You can also buy a subscription from Perlego and gain access to over 500k textbooks and educational resources.

It is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume II for free. There's a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume II remember that it's illegal to download a book if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want A History of Greek Mathematics, Volume II and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Amazon.com. The author and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing publication / book.