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Ancient Mathematics (Sciences of Antiquity Series) Paperback – September 9, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0415164955 ISBN-10: 0415164958

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Product Details

  • Series: Sciences of Antiquity Series
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415164958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415164955
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Nicely written, expertly researched.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Ancient Mathematics provides a rich and diverse picture of mathematics in ancient Greece and Rome. With C. history of mathematics sheds its ahistoricity and gets its hands dirty.' - Journal of Roman Studies

'This book is engagingly written; and it is a pleasure to entrust oneself to Cuomo's choices.' - Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science

About the Author

S. Cuomo is a lecturer at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College, London. She is the author of a book on Pappus, and of articles on Hero and Frontinus.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Adams on February 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is not so much a history of ancient Greek mathematicians and their work (although that is part of it) as it is a sociological study of how mathematics was present as a cognitive method and how it was applied for practical and social purposes in ancient Greece and Rome. It is a look at how mathematics was used as a means of structuring the mental, physical, and social life during that period. If your interest is principally in the mathematics of ancient Greek mathematicians, then the book may seem diffuse and beside the point. It is, though, a clearly written and reflective book, and it brings into focus how mathematics is ever present and how it pervades our lives.
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