Science Awakening I

  • Authors
  • B. L. Van Der Waerden

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-13
  2. B. L. Van Der Waerden
    Pages 15-36
  3. B. L. Van Der Waerden
    Pages 37-61
  4. B. L. Van Der Waerden
    Pages 62-81
  5. B. L. Van Der Waerden
    Pages 82-104
  6. B. L. Van Der Waerden
    Pages 106-147
  7. B. L. Van Der Waerden
    Pages 148-200
  8. B. L. Van Der Waerden
    Pages 201-263
  9. B. L. Van Der Waerden
    Pages 264-291
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 293-306

About this book

Introduction

Soon after the publication of my"Ontwakende W etenschap"the need for an English translation was felt. We were very glad to find a translator fully familiar with the English and Dutch languages and with mathematical terminol· ogy. The publisher, Noordhoff, had the splendid idea to ask H. G. Beyen, professor of archeology, for his help in choosing a nice set of illustrations. It was a difficult task. The illustrations had to be both instructive and attractive, and they had t~ illustrate the history of science as well as the general background of ancient civilization. The publisher encouraged us to find better and still better illustrations, and he ordered photographs from all over the world, with never failing energy and enthusiasm. Mr. Beyen's highly instructive subscripts will help the reader to see the inter· relation between way of living, art, and science of the ancient world. Thanks are due to many correspondents, who have suggested additions and pointed out errors. Sections on Astrolabes and Stereographte Projection and on Archimedes' construction of the heptagon have been added. The sections on Perspective and on the Anaphorai of Hypsicles have been enlarged. In the second English edition I have incorporated an important discovery of P. Huber, which sheds new light upon the role of geometry In Babylonian algebra (see p. 73). The section on Heron's Metrics (see p. 277) was written anew, follOWing a suggestion of E. M. Bruins. Zurich. 1961 B. L.

Keywords

Evolution Nation Transformation history of science

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-1379-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7115-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1379-0
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