Day 17: 4th century Greek mathematics

Summary

Development of mathematics in the 4th century up to Alexander.
Who developed mathematics?
How many mathematicians were there?
Where did they live?
How did they communicate?
What topics interested them?
We will pay particular attention to Theaetetus and Eudoxus.
In the readings, look especially at the ideas of ratio and proportion.

Reading

B.L. van der Waerden, Science Awakening, 165-190.
R. Netz, The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics, 272-311.


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Duncan J. Melville

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