+612 9045 4394
$7.95 Delivery per order to Australia and New Zealand
100% Australian owned
Over a hundred thousand in-stock titles ready to ship
The Transformation of Mathematics in the Early Mediterranean World : From Problems to Equations - Reviel Netz

The Transformation of Mathematics in the Early Mediterranean World

From Problems to Equations

Hardcover Published: 6th October 2004
ISBN: 9780521829960
Number Of Pages: 210

Share This Book:


or 4 easy payments of $63.31 with Learn more
Ships in 10 to 15 business days

Earn 507 Qantas Points
on this Book

Other Available Editions (Hide)

  • Paperback View Product Published: 18th October 2007

The transformation of mathematics from ancient Greece to the medieval Arab-speaking world is here approached by focusing on a single problem proposed by Archimedes and the many solutions offered. In this trajectory Reviel Netz follows the change in the task from solving a geometrical problem to its expression as an equation, still formulated geometrically, and then on to an algebraic problem, now handled by procedures that are more like rules of manipulation. From a practice of mathematics based on the localized solution (and grounded in the polemical practices of early Greek science) we see a transition to a practice of mathematics based on the systematic approach (and grounded in the deuteronomic practices of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages). With three chapters ranging chronologically from Hellenistic mathematics, through late Antiquity, to the medieval world, Reviel Netz offers a radically new interpretation of the historical journey of pre-modern mathematics.

Industry Reviews

"For the true mathematics historian, this is a fascinating exploration, perhaps different from one's previous ideas of this time period. Highly recommended." M.D. Sanford, Felician College "...engaging, provocative, and definitely worth reading and thinking about." MAA Reviews, Fernando Q. Gouvea "...recommended reading--for its thought-provoking ideas and lively writing--for those with a serious interest in the mathematics of ancient Greece and medieval Islam." - Mathematical Reviews, J.L. Berggren

The problem in the world of Archimedes
From Archimedes to Eutocius
From Archimedes to Khayyam
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521829960
ISBN-10: 0521829968
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 6th October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 15.4  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.41

Earn 507 Qantas Points
on this Book