Pappus of Alexandria and the Mathematics of Late Antiquity

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Dezember 2003



This book is at once an analytical study of one of the most important mathematical texts of antiquity, the Mathematical Collection of the fourth-century AD mathematician Pappus of Alexandria, and also an examination of the work's wider cultural setting. This is one of very few books to deal extensively with the mathematics of Late Antiquity. It sees Pappus' text as part of a wider context and relates it to other contemporary cultural practices and opens new avenues to research into the public understanding of mathematics and mathematical disciplines in antiquity.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The outside world; 2. Bees and philosophers; 3. Inclined planes and architects; 4. Altars and strange curves; 5. The inside story; Bibliography; General index; Index locorum.


'[Cuomo] takes a refreshing approach to the history of mathematics.' Journal of Roman Studies '... Cuomo does an admirable job in hopefully tempting more students and scholars from different fields to tackle these themes and, even more importantly, to cooperate and cross the lines between disciplines.' De novis libris iudicia
EAN: 9780521642118
ISBN: 0521642116
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Classical Studies'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2003
Seitenanzahl: 248 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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