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Apollonius: Conics Books V to VII : the Arabic Translation of the Lost Greek Original in the Version of the Banū Mūsā

Author: Gerald J Toomer
Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York, 1990.
Series: Sources in the history of mathematics and physical sciences, 9.
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This is the first edition of the original text of the advanced part of the most important work on conic sections written in antiquity and one of the most influential works in mathematics. It is also the first literal English translation of it ever to be published. The purpose of the work is to make available, to those interested in the history of science and to mathematicians, a version of the work as close to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald J Toomer
ISBN: 9781461389859 1461389852
OCLC Number: 852791238
Description: 1 online resource (c, 888 pages 288 illustrations in 2 volumes, not available separately.).
Contents: Introduction: The Ancient Mathematical Background. Descriptions of Manuscripts. Editorial Principles. Conics: Text and Translation --
Notes on the Text and Translation --
Appendices --
Figures --
Bibliography and Indexes.
Series Title: Sources in the history of mathematics and physical sciences, 9.
Responsibility: by Gerald J. Toomer.
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This is the first edition of the original text of the advanced part of the most important work on conic sections written in antiquity and one of the most influential works in mathematics. It is also the first literal English translation of it ever to be published. The purpose of the work is to make available, to those interested in the history of science and to mathematicians, a version of the work as close to the original as possible. This part of Apollonius' Conics is lost in the original Greek, and only an Arabic translation made in the 9th century survives. This text has never been published previously, and all "editions" of this part of Apollonius' work are based on the Latin translation from the Arabic published by Edmund Halley in 1710, which suffers from Halley's insufficient knowledge of Arabic and his use of a single manuscript. The present edition is based on all known manuscripts. Its other improvements over Halley's edition are: 1) the Arabic text with a full critical apparatus; 2) an accurate English translation (until now only a loose paraphrase, based on Halley's translation, has been available in English); 3) a commentary to elucidate both mathematical and historical difficulties. This book will replace Halley's edition and all its derivatives as the standard edition of this part of Apollonius' work.

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