Ancient Greek Mathematics

Ancient Greek mathematics achieve the full flower of intellectual development on an equal par with modern levels. The brought the full flower of geometry as an axiomatic system. They also seem to have created the basis of logical argument and the axiomatic method. Probably there is no other epoch of human civilization where evidence of such fundamental and sweeping changes in though have occurred. Many of the results from Greek mathematics are advanced mathematical topics still today. As well, most mathematicians haven't a glimmer of its depth. While everyone has heard of Euclid, few know that the famous Elements was a compendium of plane geometry, number theory, and solid geometry. From this work of thirteen book, just the first two are studied in high school. As you will see the theoretical content is remarkable, exceeded perhaps only by mathematical technique as achieved by Archimedes and Apollonius.

Greek Mathematics
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