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The Exact Sciences in Antiquity (1952)

by Otto Neugebauer

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One of the foremost workers in the area of premodern science presents the standard nontechnical coverage of Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics and astronomy and their transmission into the Hellenistic world, including the especially interesting, surprising sophistication of Babylonian mathematics. 52 figures.… (more)
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    Episodes from the Early History of Mathematics by Asger Aaboe (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: Aaboe's work has a more limited scope, focusing on specific problems and describing them in greater detail. I find that this makes his presentation of mathematics much more accessible.
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    Mathematics in Ancient Iraq by Eleanor Robson (_Zoe_)
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    Lengths, widths, surfaces : a portrait of old Babylonian algebra and its kin by Jens Høyrup (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: Probably the most important recent work on Babylonian mathematics. Not a light read, though.
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"And when he reaches early adolescence he must become possessed with an ardent love for truth, like one inspired, neither day nor night may he cease to urge and strain himself in order to learn thoroughly all that has been said by the most illustrious of the Ancients. And when he has learnt this, then for a prolonged period he must test and prove it, observe what part is in agreement, and what in disagreement with obvious facts; thus he will choose this and turn away from that. To such a person my hope has been that my treatise would prove of the very greatest assistance. Still, such people may be expected to be quite few in number, while, as for the others, this book will be as superfluous to them as a tale told to an ass."
--Galen, On the natural faculties, III, 10.
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Arthur John Brock, M. D. The Loeb Classical Library P. 279/281.]
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To Richard Courant in Friendship and Gratitude
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The investigation of the transmission of mathematics and astronomy is one of the most powerful tools for the establishment of relations between different civilizations.
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One of the foremost workers in the area of premodern science presents the standard nontechnical coverage of Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics and astronomy and their transmission into the Hellenistic world, including the especially interesting, surprising sophistication of Babylonian mathematics. 52 figures.

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