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Leaping out of the page: the use of diagram in Greek mathematics

Events • Classics • Lecture

Why did Greek mathematicians rely so heavily on the diagram and why on a diagram of a very particular kind? This lecture surveys some of the recent research into Greek mathematical diagrams, bringing out the peculiarities of this unique artifact, and finally situates its use and its meaning within the larger patterns of the roles text, and images, played in ancient Greek writing as a whole.

Speaker:
Professor Reviel Netz
Professor of Classics, Stanford University

About the Speaker:
Reviel Netz is Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He has published extensively in the field of ancient Greek mathematics, most recently as co-editor of The Archimedes Palimpsest (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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