## Day 27: Late classical mathematics

### Summary

Late classical mathematics.

Discuss the development of mathematics after Apollonius.

Discuss the rise of commentaries, what Netz calls 'Deuteronomic' texts.

Note rise of applied mathematics with astronomy driving the development
of
trigonometry.

Why are there no more major advances in geometry after Apollonius?

How do the Greek and Roman elites compare in their valuation of
mathematics?

How does this affect transmission of mathematical knowledge?

How does everyday mathematics change over the next centuries?

### Reading

D. Burton, *History of Mathematics, *218-222,
240-242.

R. Calinger, *Classics of Mathematics*, 91-105.

B.L. van der Waerden, *Science Awakening*, 264-267.

### Links

Chronologies
of mathematicians.

Development of the Roman
Empire.

The Roman Empire in 1AD.

Romans on Romans
and
mathematics.

Cicero on discovering Archimedes'
tomb.

On to Day 28.

Up to Ancient
and
Classical Mathematics

Last modified: 2 December 2005
Duncan
J.
Melville

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