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The Works of Archimedes

The Works of Archimedes
Translation and Commentary

Volume 1. The Two Books On the Sphere and the Cylinder

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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521117982

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  • Archimedes was the greatest scientist of antiquity and one of the greatest of all time. This book is Volume I of the first authoritative translation of his works into English. It is also the first publication of a major ancient Greek mathematician to include a critical edition of the diagrams and the first translation into English of Eutocius' ancient commentary on Archimedes. Furthermore, it is the first work to offer recent evidence based on the Archimedes Palimpsest, the major source for Archimedes, lost between 1915 and 1998. A commentary on the translated text studies the cognitive practice assumed in writing and reading the work, and it is Reviel Netz's aim to recover the original function of the text as an act of communication. Particular attention is paid to the aesthetic dimension of Archimedes' writings. Taken as a whole, the commentary offers a groundbreaking approach to the study of mathematical texts.

    • First fully-fledged English translation of these masterpieces by the greatest scientist of antiquity
    • The scientific edition of the diagrams and the running commentary provided put the work at the forefront of the contemporary history of science
    • Includes a translation of the Commentary by Eutocius, which contains some of the most valuable information we possess on the history of Greek mathematics
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    Review of the hardback: ' … this translation is certainly an event of great importance concerning the edition of ancient Greek mathematics. the forthcoming volumes are awaited with impatience!' Zentralblatt MATH

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521117982
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 108 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Translation and Commentary: On Sphere and Cylinder Book I
    On Sphere and Cylinder Book II
    Eutocius' Commentary to On Sphere and Cylinder Book I
    Eutocius' Commentary to On Sphere and Cylinder Book II
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Archimedes

    Editor and Translator

    Reviel Netz, Stanford University, California
    Reviel Netz is Assistant Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He is the author of The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics (1999; 0521 62279 4), which was a joint winner of the Runciman Award for 2000.

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