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A New History of Greek Mathematics (2022)


The ancient Greeks played a fundamental role in the history of mathematics and their ideas were reused and developed in subsequent periods all the way down to the scientific revolution and beyond. In this, the first complete history for a century. Reviel Netz offers a panoramic view of the rise and influence of Greek mathematics and its significance in world history. He explores the Near Eastern antecedents and the social and intellectual developments underlying the subject's beginnings in Greece in the fifth century BCE. He leads the reader through the proofs and arguments of key figures like Archytas, Euclid and Archimedes, and considers the totality of the Greek mathematical achievement which also includes, in addition to pure mathematics, such applied fields as optics, music, mechanics and, above all, astronomy. This is the story not only of a major historical development, but of some of the finest mathematics ever created.

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Review Jens Høyrup (2023) Review of "A New History of Greek Mathematics". Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology (pp. 293-296). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Netz, Reviel
Saito, Ken
Tchernetska, Natalie
Zhao, Jiwei
Richeson, David S.
Ortiz García, Paloma
Sciamvs: Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science in Context
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Notices of the American Mathematical Society
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Cambridge University Press
Published for the Walters Art Museum by Cambridge University Press
Princeton University Press
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Da Capo Press
Transliteration; transcription
Archytas of Tarentum
Wantzel, Pierre Laurent
Viète, François de la Bigotière
Gauss, Carl Friedrich
Time Periods
Rome (Italy)

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