1588: Pappus’ “Collection”

  • Henk J. M. Bos
Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SHMP)


Commandino’s Latin translation of Pappus’ Collection became available in print in 1588.1 Pappus’ text, composed in the early fourth century AD, provided clear-cut statements on the aim and rules of geometrical problem solving, many examples of constructions, and suggestive information about analytical methods for finding the solutions of problems. At the same time Pappus’ practice of problem solving was often inconsistent with the rules and aims he professed. As a result the influence of the book on the subsequent ideas about construction was strong but undogmatic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henk J. M. Bos
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  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and Computer ScienceUniversity of UtrechtUtrechtThe Netherlands

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