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Greek Mathematical Works, Volume I: Thales to Euclid

Greek Mathematical Works, Volume I: Thales to Euclid

Translated by Ivor Thomas

ISBN 9780674993693

Publication date: 01/01/1939

Elemental learning.

The splendid achievement of Greek mathematics is here illustrated in two volumes of selected mathematical works. Volume I (LCL 335) contains the divisions of mathematics; mathematics in Greek education; calculation; arithmetical notation and operations, including square root and cube root; Pythagorean arithmetic, including properties of numbers; the square root of 2; proportion and means; algebraic equations; Proclus; Thales; Pythagorean geometry; Democritus; Hippocrates of Chios; duplicating the cube and squaring the circle; trisecting angles; Theaetetus; Plato; Eudoxus of Cnidus (pyramid, cone); Aristotle (the infinite, the lever); Euclid.

Volume II (LCL 362) contains Aristarchus (distances of sun and moon); Archimedes (cylinder, sphere, cubic equations; conoids; spheroids; spiral; expression of large numbers; mechanics; hydrostatics); Eratosthenes (measurement of the earth); Apollonius (conic sections and other works); later development of geometry; trigonometry (including Ptolemy’s table of sines); mensuration: Heron of Alexandria (mensuration); Diophantus (algebra, determinate and indeterminate equations); Pappus (the revival of geometry).


  • Ivor Thomas (1905–1993; later surnamed Bulmer-Thomas) was a journalist, scholar, and Member of Parliament.

Book Details

  • 576 pages
  • 1-3/16 x 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press