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Author Fried, Michael N.

Title Edmond Halley's reconstruction of the lost book of Apollonius's Conics : translation and commentary / Michael N. Fried
Published New York : Springer, ©2011


Description 1 online resource (x, 132 pages)
Series Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences
Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences.
Contents pt. 1. Introduction -- pt. 2. Apollonius of Perga's On Conics : book eight restored -- pt. 3. Synopsis and appendices
Summary Apollonius's Conics was one of the greatest works of advanced mathematics in antiquity. The work comprised eight books, four of which have come down to us in their original Greek and three in Arabic. By the time the Arabic translations were produced, the eighth book had already been lost. In 1710, Edmond Halley, then Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford, produced an edition of the Greek text of the Conics of Books I-IV, a translation into Latin from the Arabic versions of Books V-VII, and a reconstruction of Book VIII. Motivated by such questions as what role did Halley's reconstruction play in the mathematical world of the late 17th and early 18th century? and what did Halley see himself learning from engaging with mathematicians such as Apollonius?, Michael Fried's work provides the first complete English translation of Halley's reconstruction of Book VIII with supplementary notes on the text. The volume also contains an introduction discussing aspects of Apollonius's Conics, an investigation of Edmond Halley's understanding of the nature of his venture into ancient mathematics, and appendices giving brief accounts of Apollonius's approach to conic sections and his mathematical techniques. This book will be of great interest to students and researchers interested in the history of ancient Greek mathematics and mathematics in the early modern period
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Halley, Edmond, 1656-1742
Apollonius, of Perga. Conics.
Halley, Edmond, 1656-1742
Halley, Edmond.
SUBJECT Conics (Apollonius, of Perga) fast
Conica. swd
Subject Mathematics, Greek.
Mathematics -- Early works to 1800
MATHEMATICS -- Pre-Calculus.
MATHEMATICS -- Reference.
Matemáticas griegas
Matemáticas -- Obras anteriores a 1800
Mathematics, Greek
Griechenland Altertum
Genre/Form Early works
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781461401469