Pappus of Alexandria and the Mathematics of Late Antiquity by Serafina Cuomo
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Pappus of Alexandria and the Mathematics of Late Antiquity
By Serafina Cuomo

Pappus of Alexandria and the Mathematics of Late Antiquity

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Pappus of Alexandria and the Mathematics of Late Antiquity by Serafina Cuomo

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This book is at once an analytical study of one of the most important mathematical texts of antiquity, the Mathematical Collection of the fourth-century AD mathematician Pappus of Alexandria, and also an examination of the work's wider cultural setting. An important first chapter looks at the mathematicians of the period and how mathematics was perceived by people at large. The central chapters of the book analyse sections of the Collection, identifying features typical of Pappus's mathematical practice. The final chapter draws together the various threads and presents a fuller description of Pappus's mathematical 'agenda'. This is one of few books to deal extensively with the mathematics of Late Antiquity. It sees Pappus's text as part of a wider context and relates it to other contemporary cultural practices and opens avenues to research into the public understanding of mathematics and mathematical disciplines in antiquity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521036894
ISBN-10: 0521036895
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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