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Edmond Halley's reconstruction of the lost book of Apollonius's Conics : translation and commentary

Author: Michael N Fried
Publisher: New York : Springer, ©2011.
Series: Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences.
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Apollonius's Conics was one of the greatest works of advanced mathematics in antiquity. The work comprised eight books, four of which have come down to us in their original Greek and three in Arabic. By the time the Arabic translations were produced, the eighth book had already been lost. In 1710, Edmond Halley, then Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford, produced an edition of the Greek text of the Conics of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Early works to 1800
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Fried, Michael N.
Edmond Halley's reconstruction of the lost book of Apollonius's Conics.
New York : Springer, 2011
(DLC) 2011933227
Named Person: Edmond Halley; Apollonius, of Perga.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael N Fried
ISBN: 9781461401469 1461401461
OCLC Number: 756756466
Description: 1 online resource (x, 132 pages).
Contents: pt. 1. Introduction --
pt. 2. Apollonius of Perga's On Conics : book eight restored --
pt. 3. Synopsis and appendices.
Series Title: Sources and studies in the history of mathematics and physical sciences.
Responsibility: Michael N. Fried.
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Comprised of eight books, Apollonius's Conics was one of the greatest works of advanced mathematics in antiquity. This volume provides the first complete English translation of Edmond Halley's  Read more...

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