Ludic Proof: Greek Mathematics and the Alexandrian Aesthetic

Ludic Proof: Greek Mathematics and the Alexandrian Aesthetic

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by Reviel Netz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521898943

ISBN-13: 9780521898942

Pub. Date: 05/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book represents a new departure in science studies: an analysis of a scientific style of writing, situating it within the context of the contemporary style of literature. Its philosophical significance is that it provides a novel way of making sense of the notion of a scientific style. For the first time, the Hellenistic mathematical corpus - one of the

Overview

This book represents a new departure in science studies: an analysis of a scientific style of writing, situating it within the context of the contemporary style of literature. Its philosophical significance is that it provides a novel way of making sense of the notion of a scientific style. For the first time, the Hellenistic mathematical corpus - one of the most substantial extant for the period - is placed centre-stage in the discussion of Hellenistic culture as a whole. Professor Netz argues that Hellenistic mathematical writings adopt a narrative strategy based on surprise, a compositional form based on a mosaic of apparently unrelated elements, and a carnivalesque profusion of detail. He further investigates how such stylistic preferences derive from, and throw light on, the style of Hellenistic poetry. This important book will be welcomed by all scholars of Hellenistic civilization as well as historians of ancient science and Western mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521898942
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The carnival of calculation; 2. The telling of mathematics; 3. Hybrids and mosaics; 4. The poetic interface; Conclusions and qualifications.

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