Day 23: Archimedes

Summary

Continuing discussion of Archimedes.
Geometrical and numerical propositions.
We will discuss the following:
On the Sphere and Cylinder I: Propositions 33 and 34.
Dimension of the Circle: Propositions 1-3.
Quadrature of the Parabola: Propositions 23 and 24.
Method: Introduction and Proposition 1.

Reading

R. Calinger, Classics of Mathematics, 137-141, 146-147.
V.J. Katz, A History of Mathematics, Section 3.1.
D. Burton, History of Mathematics, 201-214.
J. Fauvel and J. Gray, The History of Mathematics, 4A1, 4A4.

Homework

Write up assigned Archimedean proposition with commentary.


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Duncan J. Melville

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