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The mathematics of Plato's Academy : a new reconstruction

Author: D H Fowler
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"This is an updated second edition of a very well received and controversial book, in which the author presents a highly original interpretation of early Greek mathematics."--BOOK JACKET.
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Named Person: Plato.; Plato; Friederich Flaemmings
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D H Fowler
ISBN: 0198502583 9780198502586
OCLC Number: 39875222
Description: xxiii, 441 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Interpretations --
1. The Proposal --
2. Anthyphairetic Ratio Theory --
3. Elements II: The Dimension of Squares --
4. Plato's Mathematics Curriculum in Republic VII --
5. Elements IV, X, and XIII: The Circumdiameter and Side --
pt. 2. Evidence --
6. The Nature of our Evidence --
7. Numbers and Fractions --
pt. 3. Later Developments --
8. Later Interpretations --
9. Continued Fractions --
10. Appendix: New Material Added to the Second Edition --
11. Epilogue: A Brief Intellectual Autobiography.
Responsibility: David Fowler.
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