Pappus of Alexandria Book 4 of the Collection

Pappus of Alexandria  Book 4 of the Collection
Author : Heike Sefrin-Weis
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages : 328
Release : 2010-04-06
ISBN 10 : 9781849960052
ISBN 13 : 1849960054
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pappus of Alexandria Book 4 of the Collection Book Description:

Although not so well known today, Book 4 of Pappus’ Collection is one of the most important and influential mathematical texts from antiquity. The mathematical vignettes form a portrait of mathematics during the Hellenistic "Golden Age", illustrating central problems – for example, squaring the circle; doubling the cube; and trisecting an angle – varying solution strategies, and the different mathematical styles within ancient geometry. This volume provides an English translation of Collection 4, in full, for the first time, including: a new edition of the Greek text, based on a fresh transcription from the main manuscript and offering an alternative to Hultsch’s standard edition, notes to facilitate understanding of the steps in the mathematical argument, a commentary highlighting aspects of the work that have so far been neglected, and supporting the reconstruction of a coherent plan and vision within the work, bibliographical references for further study.