The Impossibility of Squaring the Circle in the 17th Century A Debate Among Gregory, Huygens and Leibniz

Auteur: Davide Crippa
Taal: Engels
The Impossibility of Squaring the Circle in the 17th Century
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9783030016371
  • Druk: 1
  • maart 2019
  • 184 pagina's
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This book is about James Gregory's attempt to prove that the quadrature of the circle, the ellipse and the hyperbola cannot be found algebraically. Additonally, the subsequent debates that ensued between Gregory, Christiaan Huygens and G.W. Leibniz are presented and analyzed. These debates eventually culminated with the impossibility result that Leibniz appended to his unpublished treatise on the arithmetical quadrature of the circle. The author shows how the controversy around the possibility of solving the quadrature of the circle by certain means (algebraic curves) pointed to metamathematical issues, particularly to the completeness of algebra with respect to geometry. In other words, the question underlying the debate on the solvability of the circle-squaring problem may be thus phrased: can finite polynomial equations describe any geometrical quantity? As the study reveals, this question was central in the early days of calculus, when transcendental quantities and operations entered the stage. Undergraduate and graduate students in the history of science, in philosophy and in mathematics will find this book appealing as well as mathematicians and historians with broad interests in the history of mathematics.

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This book, we are told, is an abridged and improved version of the author's doctoral dissertation, and, in fact, it does read something like a doctoral dissertation: very scholarly and thorough, replete with copious and often lengthy footnotes ... . people with a serious interest in the history of science or mathematics will want a copy of this book on their shelves. Any good university library will as well. (Mark Hunacek, MAA Reviews, June 03, 2019)

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Paperback
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1
Verschijningsdatum
maart 2019
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184 pagina's
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Auteur
Davide Crippa
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Springer Nature Switzerland AG

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9783030016371

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A Debate Among Gregory, Huygens and Leibniz
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