Day 24: Apollonius


Introduction to Apollonius and background. Apollonius' circle of mathematicians.
Conics before Apollonius.
Conics prefaces.
Definitions: comparison with Euclid and Archimedes.
Early propositions in Conics, I.
Apollonius' definitions of ellipse, parabola and hyperbola.


The Geometry Center's Conics page.
Euclid's definitions of conics in Book XI.


'Apollonius', DSB. (On the Reference shelves.)
V.J. Katz, A History of Mathematics, 108-112, on conics before Apollonius.
J. Fauvel and J. Gray, The History of Mathematics,  4D1-4. (On reserve)

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Last modified: 16 November 2005
Duncan J. Melville

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