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Ancient and Medieval Traditions in the Exact Sciences: Essays in Memory of Wilbur Knorr (CSLI Lecture Notes)

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This volume of essays is dedicated to Wilbur Knorr, an outstanding historian of science whose career was cut short much too early. Inspired by Knorr's work, this volume concentrates on the history of ancient mathematics, the associated mathematical sciences, and their medieval and modern tradition.

This volume emulates the quality and diverse interests of Knorr's innovative, exact, and far-reaching research. Topics inspired by Knorr include a study of geometric analysis and synthesis in ancient Greece and medieval Islam; examination of Eudoxus as originator for the ideas of proportionality underlying Book V of "Euclid's Elements"; and the extent that Renaissance theorists of linear perspective had access to ancient sources. This book considers the status of Eudoxus's theory of homocentric spheres in Greek astronomy and the examination of the status of in Greek mathematics. A detailed discussion of the geometrical chemistry of Plato's Timaeus and its interpretation in antiquity stems from Knorr's work, and a study of Plato's concept of numbers and its relation to the Theory of Forms. Knorr's varied interests motivate investigation into the representation of numbers in the Latin middle ages, or why we read Arabic numbers backwards, and the history of science in a chronology of the three dynasties in ancient China.

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Patrick Suppes (1922-2014) was the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus at Stanford University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781575862743
Editor:
Suppes, Patrick; Moravcsik, Julius M.; Mendell, Henry
Editor:
Mendell, Henry
Editor:
Suppes, Patrick; Moravcsik, Julius M.; Mendell, Henry
Editor:
Moravcsik, Julius Matthew Emil
Editor:
Moravcsik, Julius M.
Editor:
Suppes, Patrick
Editor:
Mendell, Henry
Author:
Moravcsik, Julius M.
Author:
Suppes, Patrick
Author:
Moravcsik, Julius Matthew Emil
Author:
Mendell, Henry
Editor:
Suppes, Patrick
Publisher:
Center for the Study of Language and Informat
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Science, medieval
Subject:
Mathematics, Medieval.
Subject:
Science, ancient
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Center for the Study of Language and Information - Lecture Notes
Series Volume:
112
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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