Mathematics in Athens

  • W. S. Anglin
  • J. Lambek
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Abstract

After an alliance of Greek cities defeated the Persians in 490 BC, Athens became, for over a hundred years, a great center of civilization. There are things about it we do not like: Athens exacted tribute from its allies, and the leisurely life of its leading citizens was based upon slavery. Nonetheless, one can safely say that the degree of civilization achieved by the Athenians around 400 BC has rarely, if ever, been surpassed in the history of the world. Because we must confine our attention to mathematics, we shall touch on only one of the many areas in which cultural development took place.

Keywords

TUrkey Abate Plague 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. S. Anglin
    • 1
  • J. Lambek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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