Item #1135 Mathematics Useful for Understanding Plato. Theon of Smyrna., Robert and Deborah Lawler, Robert, Deborah Lawler.
Mathematics Useful for Understanding Plato
What the Ancient Greeks Knew about Math

Mathematics Useful for Understanding Plato

San Diego: Wizards Bookshelf, 1979. Diagrams, tables, figures in text, endpaper maps. Hardcover. Octavo. xvi, 174 pages. Near fine. Clean and tight with a small chip to bottom of lower joint.

Most works of Theon of Smyrna were lost, but this important survivor is an introductory survey to Greek mathematics and a valuable compilation of mathematical ideas known to the ancient Greeks. The work includes sections on arithmetic, numerical laws of music, medians and figures, quaternaries and decads, and more. A section on astronomy describes the spherical form of the earth, movements of other planets, etc.

Item #1135