The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics: A Study in Cognitive History

The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics: A Study in Cognitive History

by Reviel Netz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521622794

ISBN-13: 9780521622790

Pub. Date: 07/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides a way to understand a momentous development in human intellectual history: the phenomenon of deductive argument in classical Greek mathematics. The argument rests on a close description of the practices of Greek mathematics, principally the use of lettered diagrams and the regulated, formulaic use of language.

Overview

This book provides a way to understand a momentous development in human intellectual history: the phenomenon of deductive argument in classical Greek mathematics. The argument rests on a close description of the practices of Greek mathematics, principally the use of lettered diagrams and the regulated, formulaic use of language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521622790
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #51
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: a specimen of Greek mathematics; 1. The lettered diagram; 2. The pragmatics of letters; 3. The mathematical lexicon; 4. Formulae; 5. The shaping of necessity; 6. The shaping of generality; 7. The historical setting; Appendix: the main Greek mathematicians cited in the book.

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