The Transformation of Mathematics in the Early Mediterranean World: From Problems to Equations

The Transformation of Mathematics in the Early Mediterranean World: From Problems to Equations

by Reviel Netz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521829968

ISBN-13: 9780521829960

Pub. Date: 07/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The transformation of mathematics from its ancient Greek practice to its development in the medieval Arab-speaking world is approached by focusing on a single problem proposed by Archimedes and the many solutions offered. From a practice of mathematics based on the localized solution (originating in the polemical practices of early Greek science), we see a

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The transformation of mathematics from its ancient Greek practice to its development in the medieval Arab-speaking world is approached by focusing on a single problem proposed by Archimedes and the many solutions offered. From a practice of mathematics based on the localized solution (originating in the polemical practices of early Greek science), we see a transition to a practice of mathematics based on the systematic approach (grounded in the deuteronomic practices of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages). A radically new interpretation is accordingly offered of the historical trajectory of pre-modern mathematics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521829960
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Classical Studies Series
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The problem in the world of Archimedes; 2. From Archimedes to Eutocius; 3. From Archimedes to Khayyam; Conclusion; References; Index.

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