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Conics (Books 1-3) Library Binding – October 1, 1998

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"[Apollonius's Conics] is one of the greatest scientific books of antiquity." "[Apollonius was a] giant, not simply as compared with men of antiquity, but even with men of all times. ... [T]he ingenuity that enabled him to discover so much with imperfect tools [i.e., lacking the arts of analytic and projective geometry] is truly admirable...such achievements pass our imagination, they are almost weird." --George Sarton, from An Introduction to the History of Science and A History of Science

"If we want to read for ourselves authors like Kepler and Newton, or if we want to understand the significance of the Cartesian mathematics that has shaped the world we live in and shapes our minds as wellóeither way, whether to understand the past in its own terms or to understand the present as a deliberate transformation of the pastówe need to study Apollonius." --Harvey Flaumenhaft ; Dean, St. John's College, Annapolis

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Greek

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  • Library Binding: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Green Lion Press; Revised edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888009047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888009040
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,326,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mihai Olteanu on April 24, 2012
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This is essential reading for ancient-Greek-math-lovers (along Euclid and Archimedes) and for those stepping on the path towards the Scientific Revolution, especially if you plan to read Newton's Principa or Descartes' Geometry.

As a prerequisite, you must definitely be reading Euclid's Elements first and keep a copy besides you at all times, as Conics is heavily dependent on it. If you did master the Elements successfully you don't have to worry. The geometry may seem daunting at first, but there aren't that many new and complicated ideas present to boggle your mind, just a thorough investigation of conic sections using euclidean principles.

The present edition from Green Lion Press covers books I-III. Book IV is available from the same publisher as a separate volume. Still, books V-VII and book VIII from Conics are available as separate volumes from Springer and together they cost more than $300. It's a pity that there is no edition that covers all the material, but 4 different volumes instead.

The editor has done a superb job on this one. High quality binding and paper that lasts, clear drawings repeated on every page of a proposition, and most importantly, a style that is inherent Greek, not modern.

I've only read two books from this publisher, but the love they put into making them has made me go look for more. You can check out their site. I love them so much that even if I don't find a book published by them, I'll go and search for something that they recommend (like the Stillman Drake's translation of Galileo Two New Sciences in the preface to Newton's Principa: The Central Argument, published by them)

Great content, great presentation. A must have.
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