This volume takes a new look at one of the greatest works of Hellenistic mathematics, Apollonius of Perga's
Conica. It provides a long overdue alternative to H.G. Zeuthen's
Die Lehre von den Kegelschnitten im Altertum.
The central part of the volume contains a historically sensitive analysis and interpretation of the entire
Conica, both from the standpoint of its individual books and of the text as a whole. Particular attention is given to Books V-VII, which have had scant treatment until now. Two chapters in the volume concern histioriographic issues connected with the
Conica in paricular and Greek mathematics in general.
Although the volume is intended primarily for historians of ancient mathematics, its approach is fresh and engaging enough to be of interest also to historians, philosophers, linguists, and open-minded mathematicians.
Michael N. Fried, Ph.D. (1998) in History of Science, Tel-Aviv University, a graduate of St.John's College, is Researcher at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Center for Science and Technology Education.
Sabetai Unguru, Ph.D. (1970) in History of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, is Professor Emeritus at Tel-Aviv University. His publications are in the fields of the history of Greek mathematics and medieval optics.
...this book should be considered a clear success.’
Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2002.
Historians of Greek mathematics, historians of science and ideas, philosophers, and mathematicians interested in Apollonius's
Conica and in the nature and practice of Hellenistic mathematics.