Archive for History of Exact Sciences

, Volume 70, Issue 3, pp 325–359 | Cite as

In defence of geometrical algebra

  • Viktor BlåsjöEmail author


The geometrical algebra hypothesis was once the received interpretation of Greek mathematics. In recent decades, however, it has become anathema to many. I give a critical review of all arguments against it and offer a consistent rebuttal case against the modern consensus. Consequently, I find that the geometrical algebra interpretation should be reinstated as a viable historical hypothesis.


Quadratic Formula Geometrical Algebra Quadratic Problem Algebraic Thought Geometric Intuition 
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  1. 1.Mathematisch InstituutUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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