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The Method of Archimedes, Recently Discovered by Heiberg: A Supplement to the Works of Archimedes, 1897 (Classic Reprint)

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ISBN 10: 133401387X / ISBN 13: 9781334013874
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Title: The Method of Archimedes, Recently ...

Publisher: Forgotten Books

Publication Date: 2017

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Excerpt from The Method of Archimedes, Recently Discovered by Heiberg: A Supplement to the Works of Archimedes, 1897

Greeks had some method or methods of analysis hardly less powerful than those of modern analysis yet, in general, they seem to have taken pains to clear away all traces of the machinery used and all the litter, so to speak, resulting from tentative efforts, before they permitted themselves to publish, in sequence carefully thought out, and with definitive and rigorously scientific proofs, the results obtained. A partial exception is now furnished by the Method for here we have a sort of lifting of the veil, a glimpse of the interior of Archimedes' workshop as it were. He tells us how he discovered certain theorems in quadrature and cubature, and he is at the same time careful to insist on the difference between (1) the means which may be sufficient to suggest the truth of theorems, although not furnishing scientific proofs of them, and (2) the rigorous demonstra tions of them by irrefragable geometrical methods which must follow before they can be finally accepted as established; to use Archi medes' own terms, the former enable theorems to be investigated (oewpe'iv) but not to be proved The mechanical method, then, used in our treatise and shown to be so useful for the discovery of theorems is distinctly said to be incapable of furnishing proofs of them; and Archimedes promises to add, as regards the two main theorems enunciated at the beginning, the necessary supplement in the shape of the formal geometrical proof. One of the two geometrical proofs is lost, but fragments of the other are contained in the ms. Which are sufficient to show that the method was the orthodox method of exhaustion in the form in which Archimedes applies it elsewhere, and to enable the proof to be reconstructed.

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