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Science Writing in Greco-Roman Antiquity [Paperback]

Item : Science Writing in Greco-Roman Antiquity [Paperback]
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Author Author : Taub, Liba
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0521130638
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780521130639
Publisher Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100110080

This book explores how science and mathematics were communicated in antiquity in a wide variety of texts, including poetry, letters and biographies.This book explores the surprising variety of texts used to communicate scientific and mathematical ideas in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Each chapter concentrates on a particular genre - poetry, letter, encyclopaedia, commentary and biography - and considers the broader cultural contexts in which these texts were produced and read.This book explores the surprising variety of texts used to communicate scientific and mathematical ideas in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Each chapter concentrates on a particular genre - poetry, letter, encyclopaedia, commentary and biography - and considers the broader cultural contexts in which these texts were produced and read.We access Greek and Roman scientific ideas mainly through those texts which happen to survive. By concentrating only on the ideas conveyed, we may limit our understanding of the meaning of those ideas in their historical context. Through considering the diverse ways in which scientific ideas were communicated, in different types of texts, we can uncover otherwise hidden meanings and more fully comprehend the historical contexts in which those ideas were produced and shared, the aims of the authors and the expectations of ancient readers. Liba Taub explores the rich variety of formats used to discuss scientific, mathematical and technical subjects, from c.700 BCE to the sixth century CE. Each chapter concentrates on a particular genre - poetry, letter, encyclopaedia, commentary and biography - offering an introduction to Greek and Roman scientific ideas, while using a selection of ancient writings to focus on the ways in which we encounter them.Introduction; 1. Poetry; 2. Letter; 3. Encyclopaedia; 4. Commentary; 5. Biography; Conclusion; Bibliographical essay; Appendix 1: arithmetical epigrams from Book 14 of The Greek Anthology; Appendix 2: Eratosthenes'l,

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