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Loeb Classical Library 335

Greek Mathematical Works, Volume I: Thales to Euclid

Translated by Ivor Thomas

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$28.00 • £19.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674993693

Publication Date: 01/01/1939


576 pages

4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches

mathematical examples

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The wonderful achievement of Greek mathematics is here illustrated in two volumes of selected mathematical works.

Volume I 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; 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, etc.); Aristotle (the infinite, the lever); Euclid.

Volume II (Loeb Classical Library no. 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; algebra: Diophantus (determinate and indeterminate equations); the revival of geometry: Pappus.

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