The History of a Text: Tradition, Time and Opportunity

  • Wilbur Richard Knorr


About fifteen centuries separate Archimedes’ composition of the Dimension of the Circle from its elaboration by medieval Arabic and Latin scholars. During that vast interval the text passed through the hands of countless pedagogues, editors, commentators, translators and paraphrasers. The unsatisfactory fragment that survives in the Greek corpus of Archimedes bears witness to the magnitude of the transformation this text underwent. But our survey of the extant evidence has made possible a reconstruction of the stages in this process.


Arabic Version Late Antiquity Plane Equilibrium Extant Form Intellectual Product 
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© Birkhäuser Boston 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wilbur Richard Knorr
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  1. 1.Program in the History of ScienceStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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