Nathan Sidoli, Yoichi Isahaya

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Already by the Roman Imperial period (1st–3rd century), the Data had begun to lead a double life. Originally composed, or arranged, by Euclid (early-3rd century BCE) as a purely geometrical text for use in geometrical analysis, in the late Hellenistic (3rd– 1st centuries) and early Imperial periods, mathematicians began to repurpose this work, and by the time of Heron (probably mid-1st century CE) and Ptolemy (mid-2nd century CE), it appears to have been used as a means to justify computational procedures. By the Late-ancient period (3rd–6th century), it was used as a foundational text in both of these, rather different, areas by scholars and teachers such as Pappus (early-4th century CE) and Theon of Alexandria (late-4th century CE).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
ISSN (Print)2196-8810
ISSN (Electronic)2196-8829

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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