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Topic: Book II of Al-Khayyam's Commentary on Euclid's Elements.
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Robert (Bob) Eldon Taylor

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Re: Book II of Al-Khayyam's Commentary on Euclid's Elements.
Posted: Jul 6, 2007 9:38 AM
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Dear Udai and all,

To answer Udai briefly, HM doesn't work because Julio has lost all
interest and doesn't release messages. I received a message from him in
March making vague promises "when he got back from Argentina". I have
given up waiting and feel justified to resubmit my message here, where
in any case, all my friends seem to be gathered.

I actually do not precisely understand Udai's other point, but direct
you again to my first message posted on HM in January, where I try to
make clear my gratitude to the translators for their efforts. I will
mention that since then I have uncovered another translation by Ali R.
Amir-Móez, of the same (apparently) work, but published in Scripta
Mathematica (Sept. 59) under a completely different title, "Geometry of
Omar Khayyam: Discussion of Difficulties of Euclid" . Amir-Móez English
will not embarrass a poet, but he commits the unpardonable crime of
transliterating into modern algebraic symbols. Neither translation
includes any information about the source text. The translations
deviate at several points, so it may be the source text is different.
The Amir-Móez should be more accessible, but I can provide anyone
interested with a text file of books II & III of the other translation.

Robert Eldon Taylor
philologos at mindspring dot com

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