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By Heike Sefrin-Weis

Although no longer so popular this present day, booklet four of Pappus’ assortment is likely one of the most vital and influential mathematical texts from antiquity. The mathematical vignettes shape a portrait of arithmetic throughout the Hellenistic "Golden Age", illustrating critical difficulties – for instance, squaring the circle; doubling the dice; and trisecting an attitude – various resolution concepts, and different mathematical types inside of historical geometry.


This quantity offers an English translation of assortment four, in complete, for the 1st time, together with: a brand new variation of the Greek textual content, in accordance with a clean transcription from the most manuscript and supplying a substitute for Hultsch’s usual version, notes to facilitate realizing of the stairs within the mathematical argument, a statement highlighting points of the paintings that experience up to now been overlooked, and assisting the reconstruction of a coherent plan and imaginative and prescient in the paintings, bibliographical references for extra study.

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