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Material Type: | Internet resource |
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Document Type: | Book, Internet Resource |

All Authors / Contributors: |
Karine Chemla |

ISBN: | 9781107012219 110701221X |

OCLC Number: | 779264820 |

Description: | xv, 596 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm |

Contents: | Prologue: Historiography and history of mathematical proof: a research programme / Karine Chemla -- Part I: Views on the historiography of mathematical proof: -- Shaping ancient Greek mathematics: the critical editions of Greek texts in the nineteenth century -- The Euclidean ideal of proof in The Elements and philological uncertainties of Heiberg's edition of the text / Bernard Vitrac -- Diagrams and arguments in ancient Greek mathematics: lessons drawn from comparisons of the manuscript diagrams with those in modern critical editions / Ken Saito and Nathan Sidoli -- The texture of Archimedes' writings: through Heiberg's veil / Reviel Netz -- John Philoponus and the conformity of mathematical proofs to Aristotelian demonstrations / Orna Harari -- Contextualizing Playfair and Colebrooke on proof and demonstration in the Indian mathematical tradition (1780-1820) / Dhruv Raina -- Overlooking mathematical justification in the Sanskrit tradition: the nuanced case of G.E.W. Thibaut / Agathe Keller -- The logical Greek versus the imaginative Oriental: on the historiography of 'non-Western' mathematics during the period 1820-1920 / François Charette. Part II: History of mathematical proof in ancient traditions: the other evidence: critical approaches to Greek practices of proof -- The pluralism of Greek 'mathematics' / G.E.R. Lloyd -- Proving with numbers in Greece -- Generalizing about polygonal numbers in ancient Greek mathematics / Ian Mueller -- Reasoning and symbolism in Diophantus preliminary observations / Reviel Netz -- Proving with numbers: establishing the correctness of algorithms -- Mathematical justification as non-conceptualized practice: the Babylonian example / Jens Hoyrup -- Interpretation of reverse algorithms in several Mesopotamian texts / Christine Proust -- Reading proofs in Chinese commentaries: algebraic proofs in an algorithmic context / Karine Chemla -- Dispelling mathematical doubts: assessing mathematical correctness of algorithms in Bhāskara's commentary on the mathematical chapter of the Āryabhaṭīya / Agathe Keller -- The later persistence of traditions of proving in Asia: late evidence of traditions of proof -- Argumentation for state examinations: demonstrations in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese mathematics / Alexei Volkov -- The later persistence of traditions of proving in Asia: interactions of various traditions -- A formal system of the Gougu method: a study on Li Rui's: detailed outline of mathematical procedures for the right-angled triangle / Tian Miao. |

Responsibility: | edited by Karine Chemla. |

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'This radical, profoundly scholarly book explores the purposes and nature of proof in a range of historical settings. It overturns the view that the first mathematical proofs were in Greek geometry and rested on the logical insights of Aristotle by showing how much of that view is an artefact of nineteenth-century historical scholarship. It documents the existence of proofs in ancient mathematical writings about numbers and shows that practitioners of mathematics in Mesopotamian, Chinese and Indian cultures knew how to prove the correctness of algorithms, which are much more prominent outside the limited range of surviving classical Greek texts that historians have taken as the paradigm of ancient mathematics. It opens the way to providing the first comprehensive, textually based history of proof.' Jeremy Gray, Open University 'At long last, a substantial single volume on the history of ancient mathematics makes the cutting-edge research of scholars, some of whom normally publish in other languages, accessible to the English speaking reader ... this volume is a milestone - the history of ancient mathematics has its very own French revolution, and it has finally crossed the Channel.' Serafina Cuomo, British Journal for the History of Science '... a collection of meticulous, expert studies of ancient mathematical texts. The individual chapters are essential reading for historians of geometry and arithmetic, and the volume, as a whole, will no doubt become canonical in the history of mathematics. Together, Karine Chemla and her ensemble of scholars successfully make the case for revising the nineteenth-century portrait of the history of mathematical proof that prevails even today. We must question the critical editions we employ, and we must expand the history of mathematical proof to include algorithmic texts in the Greek, Mesopotamian, Indian, Chinese, and Islamic traditions.' Early Science and Medicine Read more...

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