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Euclid's "Data" - The Importance of Being Given (Hardcover): Christian Marinus Taisbak

Euclid's "Data" - The Importance of Being Given (Hardcover)

Christian Marinus Taisbak

Series: Acta Historica Scientiarum Naturalum et Medicinalium

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This is a scholarly contribution to an area -- the history of Greek geometrical analysis -- that is still insufficiently understood. At the time of Zeuthen, and even up to the middle of the last century, it was fashionable to treat the Data algebraically. Taisbak has abandoned this approach completely, arguing that it does nothing to help us to understand either the development of the work or the reasons for its having been copied, studied, and quoted for more than two millennia. We must bear a queer sort of frustration that affects us everywhere in the Data: we get very little information, hardly any 'knowledge' of the givens. And why not? Probably because 'knowing' geometrical objects was problematic in those days when the concept of 'given' came into being, and the consequences of incommensurability was just being understood. Next to nothing is known of these items, and very little that is worth knowing: length, size, distance -- any of the attributes that can be spoken of by means of numbers. Although there have been two recent translations of the Data, this one is unique in providing, as well, an extensive commentary, which provides the insights gained from three decades of studying the work. The book is meant as a coherent and understandable account of what could have been going on in Euclid's mind, and some reasons for believing that that is what actually was going on in his mind.

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Imprint: Museum Tusculanum Press
Country of origin: Denmark
Series: Acta Historica Scientiarum Naturalum et Medicinalium
Release date: February 2003
First published: February 2003
Authors: Christian Marinus Taisbak
Dimensions: 155 x 230 x 28mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 271
ISBN-13: 978-87-7289-815-5
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Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Ancient Western philosophy to c 500
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