The Spirit of Greece

  • William McGowen Priestley
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


About 2500 years ago, a Greek named Pythagoras walked by Homer’s fabled wine-dark sea, until he came to know what would inform his whole life. Arithmetic, with grand contempt for the slippery pebbles’ uncertain support, boldly vaulted from the earth—and geometry was drawn out of the stars. Mathematics sprang from this marriage.


Rational Number Irrational Number Regular Polygon Pythagorean Theorem Distance Formula 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • William McGowen Priestley
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsThe University of the SouthSewaneeUSA

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