The Goal of Archimedes' Sand Reckoner

@article{Netz2003TheGO,
  title={The Goal of Archimedes' Sand Reckoner},
  author={Reviel Netz},
  journal={Apeiron},
  year={2003},
  volume={36},
  pages={251 - 290}
}
  • R. Netz
  • Published 2003
  • Mathematics
  • Apeiron
Before discussing the goal of Archimedes' Sand-Reckoner, I should perhaps explain the goal of the article itself. The primary question, What is the goal of the Sand-Reckoner?, is related to a more general question in the history of the western exact sciences. It is often assumed that one major difference between ancient and modern science involves the latter's growing reliance on the numerical. Ancient mathematics frequently fails even to mention specific numbers; in modem mathematics… 
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