Netz R. The Works of Archimedes: Translated into English, together with Eutocius’ commentaries, with commentary, and critical edition of the diagrams. 2004.
Netz R. The Works of Archimedes: Translated into English, together with Eutocius’ commentaries, with commentary, and critical edition of the diagrams. - New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. - 387 p.
Archimedes was the greatest scientist of antiquity and one of the greatest of all time. This book is Volume I of the first fully fledged translation of his works into English. It is also the first publication of a major ancient Greek mathematician to include a critical edition of the diagrams, and the first translation into English of Eutocius’ ancient commentary on Archimedes. Furthermore, it is the first work to offer recent evidence based on the Archimedes Palimpsest, the major source for Archimedes, lost between 1915 and 1998. A commentary on the translated text studies the cognitive practice assumed in writing and reading the work, and it is Reviel Netz’s aim to recover the original function of the text as an act of communication. Particular attention is paid to the aesthetic dimension of Archimedes’ writings. Taken as a whole, the commentary offers a groundbreaking approach to the study of mathematical texts. Reviel Netz
is Associate Professor of Classics at Stanford University. His first book, The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics: A Study in Cognitive History (1999), was a joint winner of the Runciman Award for 2000. He has also published many scholarly articles, especially in the history of ancient science, and a volume of Hebrew poetry, Adayin Bahuc (1999). He is currently editing The Archimedes Palimpsest and has another book forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, From Problems to Equations: A Study in the Transformation of Early Mediterranean Mathematics.