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Simson on Porisms : An Annotated Translation of Robert Simson's Posthumous Treatise on Porisms and Other Items on This Subject - Ian Tweddle

Simson on Porisms

An Annotated Translation of Robert Simson's Posthumous Treatise on Porisms and Other Items on This Subject

Hardcover Published: 30th May 2000
ISBN: 9781852333065
Number Of Pages: 274

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Most mathematicians' knowledge of Euclid's lost work on Porisms comes from a very brief and general description by Pappus of Alexandria. While Fermat and others made earlier attempts to explain the Porisms, it is Robert Simson who is generally recognised as the first person to achieve a genuine insight into the true nature of the subject.
In this book, Ian Tweddle, a recognised authority on 18th century Scottish mathematics, presents for the first time a full and accessible translation of Simson's work. Based on Simson's early paper of 1723, the treatise, and various extracts from Simson's notebooks and correspondence, this book provides a fascinating insight into the work of an often-neglected figure. Supplemented by historical and mathematical notes and comments, this book is a valuable addition to the literature for anyone with an interest in mathematical history or geometry.

Introductionp. 1
Simson's Titlep. 9
Introductory Materialp. 11
Pappus's Two General Propositions and Euclid's First Porismp. 45
Lemmas and Restorationsp. 97
Various Porisms: Fermat, Simson and Stewartp. 199
A Translation of Simson's 1723 Paper along with some Commentsp. 251
"That this goes to a given point"p. 263
Correspondence between Pappus's Lemmas and Simson's Propositionsp. 265
Corrections to Simson's Textp. 266
Referencesp. 269
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9781852333065
ISBN-10: 1852333065
Series: Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 30th May 2000
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.1  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.56

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