The Beginnings of Greek Mathematics

  • Árpád Szabó

Part of the Synthese Historical Library book series (SYHL, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Árpád Szabó
    Pages 15-32
  3. Árpád Szabó
    Pages 99-184
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 330-367

About this book


When this book was first published, more than five years ago, I added an appendix on How the Pythagoreans discovered Proposition 11.5 of the 'Elements'. I hoped that this appendix, although different in some ways from the rest of the book, would serve to illustrate the kind of research which needs to be undertaken, if we are to acquire a new understanding of the historical development of Greek mathematics. It should perhaps be mentioned that this book is not intended to be an introduction to Greek mathematics for the general reader; its aim is to bring the problems associated with the early history of deductive science to the attention of classical scholars, and historians and philos­ ophers of science. I should like to conclude by thanking my translator, Mr. A. M. Ungar, who worked hard to produce something more than a mechanical translation. Much of his work was carried out during the year which I spent at Stanford as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. This enabled me to supervise the work of transla­ tion as it progressed. I am happy to express my gratitude to the Center for providing me with this opportunity. Arpad Szabo NOTE ON REFERENCES The following books are frequently referred to in the notes. Unless otherwise stated, the editions are those given below. Burkert, W. Weisheit und Wissensclzaft, Studien zu Pythagoras, Philo­ laos und Platon, Nuremberg 1962.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Árpád Szabó
    • 1
  1. 1.Mathematical InstituteHungarian Academy of SciencesHungary

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8349-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3243-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0082-111X
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