Day 18: Hellenistic world, Alexandria, introduction to Euclid

Summary

The rise of Macedonia in the fourth century under Philip II.
Alexander and the Hellenistic world, comparison with city-states.
Rapid rise of Alexandria.
Alexandria: role & implications of  library & museum.
Textual issues on Euclid.
Introduction to Euclid and the Elements.

Reading

R. Calinger, Classics of Mathematics, 91-111.
D. Burton, History of Mathematics, Section 4.1.

Links

Map of Hellenistic World.
Outline of the Elements.

Homework

Prepare assigned propositions from Elements I.


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Duncan J. Melville

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