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Topic: [HM] Early Modern Reconstruction of Greek Mathematics
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J.G.Fauvel (John Fauvel)

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Re: [HM] Early Modern Reconstruction of Greek Mathematics
Posted: Dec 6, 2000 3:39 PM
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On Tue, 05 Dec 2000, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings wrote

> I know the original question was looking earlier than the early
> modern period rather than later, but I'm just throwing in my 2
> cents' worth that the interest British mathematicians had for
> reconstructing lost works in the 1700s is one of the factors which
> makes these mathematicians' methodologies fascinating. (Niccolo
> Guacciardini also touches upon this issue in last year's _Reading
> the Principia_ and his 1989 _The Development of Newtonian Calculus
> in Britain 1700-1800_).

In the 17th century this British activity was especially centred on
the University of Oxford. As well as the references given by Amy
Ackerberg-Hastings, this is discussed on pp. 11-16 and 108-111
('Oxford ancient texts project') of the recent Oxford Figures: 800
Years of the Mathematical Sciences, Oxford University Press 2000,
edited by John Fauvel, Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson.

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