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AuthorToomer, Gerald J. author
TitleApollonius: Conics Books V to VII [electronic resource] : The Arabic Translation of the Lost Greek Original in the Version of the Banลซ Mลซsฤ{129} / by Gerald J. Toomer
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York, 1990
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With the publication of this book I discharge a debt which our era has long owed to the memory of a great mathematician of antiquity: to pubยญ lish the /llost books" of the Conics of Apollonius in the form which is the closest we have to the original, the Arabic version of the Banu Musil. Unยญ til now this has been accessible only in Halley's Latin translation of 1710 (and translations into other languages entirely dependent on that). While I yield to none in my admiration for Halley's edition of the Conics, it is far from satisfying the requirements of modern scholarship. In particular, it does not contain the Arabic text. I hope that the present edition will not only remedy those deficiencies, but will also serve as a foundation for the study of the influence of the Conics in the medieval Islamic world. I acknowledge with gratitude the help of a number of institutions and people. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, by the award of one of its Fellowships for 1985-86, enabled me to devote an unbroken year to this project, and to consult essential material in the Bodleian Liยญ brary, Oxford, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Corpus Christi Colยญ lege, Cambridge, appointed me to a Visiting Fellowship in Trinity Term, 1988, which allowed me to make good use of the rich resources of both the University Library, Cambridge, and the Bodleian Library


Contents: Introduction: The Ancient Mathematical Background. Descriptions of Manuscripts. Editorial Principles. Conics: Text and Translation -- Notes on the Text and Translation -- Appendices -- Figures -- Bibliography and Indexes

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