Archimedes and the elements: Proposal for a revised chronological ordering of the Archimedean corpus

  title={Archimedes and the elements: Proposal for a revised chronological ordering of the Archimedean corpus},
  author={Wilbur Richard Knorr},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • W. Knorr
  • Published 1 September 1978
  • Computer Science
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
SummaryWith the rediscovery by J. L. Heiberg of the manuscript of Archimedes' Method and its publication by him in 1907, a suspicion held for centuries by mathematicians and mathematical historians was at last corroborated by direct evidence: Archimedes had indeed applied in his discovery of geometric theorems a heuristic technique of analysis, although the highly formal synthetic proofs given in their demonstration concealed this fact. Disappointingly little effort has since been made to… 

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