Classics in the History of Greek Mathematics

  • Jean Christianidis

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 240)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Beginnings of Greek Mathematics

  3. Studies on Greek Geometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Reviel Netz
      Pages 113-114
    3. G. E. R. Lloyd
      Pages 169-183
  4. Studies on Proportion Theory and Incommensurability

  5. Studies on Greek Algebra

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Jacques Sesiano
      Pages 257-263
    3. Thomas L. Heath
      Pages 285-327
  6. Did the Greeks have the Notion of Common Fraction? Did they Use it?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Jean Christianidis
      Pages 331-336
  7. Methodological Issues in the Historiography of Greek Mathematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Sabetai Unguru
      Pages 383-384
    3. B. L. van der Waerden
      Pages 433-445
    4. André Weil
      Pages 447-449
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 463-474

About this book


The twentieth century is the period during which the history of Greek mathematics reached its greatest acme. Indeed, it is by no means exaggerated to say that Greek mathematics represents the unique field from the wider domain of the general history of science which was included in the research agenda of so many and so distinguished scholars, from so varied scientific communities (historians of science, historians of philosophy, mathematicians, philologists, philosophers of science, archeologists etc. ), while new scholarship of the highest quality continues to be produced. This volume includes 19 classic papers on the history of Greek mathematics that were published during the entire 20th century and affected significantly the state of the art of this field. It is divided into six self-contained sections, each one with its own editor, who had the responsibility for the selection of the papers that are republished in the section, and who wrote the introduction of the section. It constitutes a kind of a Reader book which is today, one century after the first publications of Tannery, Zeuthen, Heath and the other outstanding figures of the end of the 19th and the beg- ning of 20th century, rather timely in many respects.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Christianidis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AthensGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5850-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2640-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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