Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Classics in the History of Greek Mathematics

Editors: Christianidis, Jean (Ed.)

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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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In Classics in the History of Greek Mathematics, Christianidis has provided a very useful collection of papers that encompass many of these changes. Here one can find Unguru's original papers (and the angry responses they elicited), discussions of the supposed "crisis of foundations", papers on the origin of Greek axiomatics, on geometry and "algebra". The papers, alas, are in their original languages (German, French, and English), but anglophone readers can be reassured that most of the articles are in English, especially the more recent ones. In any case, this is an excellent place to go to learn what the historians have been up to, and the give-and-take of debate makes it fascinating. The book is probably too expensive for non-fanatic individual readers, but it is definitely a "must buy" for libraries [Fernando Q. Gouvêa; posted to MAA Reviews 1/11/2006]

"This is a tool for working historian … because it offers a cross-section of the main historiographical currents that represents well the evolution of the field in the last decades. … Essays are reproduced that date back more than 40 years, and written in French or German. This is a very important feature of the book, especially because a large portion of contemporary scholarship appears to resort almost exclusively to the most recent secondary literature and to contributions written in English." (Fabio Acerbi, Aestimatio, Issue 3, 2006)


Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Waschkies, Hans-Joachim

    Pages 3-18

  • Die Entdeckung der Möglichkeit von Wissenschaft

    Mittelstrass, Jürgen

    Pages 19-44

  • Wie ist die Mathematik zu Einer Deduktiven Wissenschaft Geworden?

    Szabó, Á.

    Pages 45-80

  • On the Early History of Axiomatics: The Interaction of Mathematics and Philosophy in Greek Antiquity

    Knorr, Wilbur Richard

    Pages 81-109

  • Introduction

    Netz, Reviel

    Pages 113-114

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Classics in the History of Greek Mathematics
Editors
  • Jean Christianidis
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
240
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2640-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-2640-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0081-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5850-8
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 474
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