Find the Perfect Book on Archimedes for You

In summary, the conversation involves someone looking for a book with a combination of pre-calc level explanations of ideas and biographical information. The person has searched on Amazon but has not found anything appealing. They ask for suggestions and are provided with a link to a book on Greek math, which is described as being as good as it gets. The speaker also mentions that Greek math is not for beginners and suggests looking to it for historical purposes rather than for learning.
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I'm looking for a book containing both his ideas explained at a pre-calc level as well as some biographical information.

What I have been able to dig up on amazon looks unappealing.

Any suggestions?

k
 
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I was afraid of that. Page after page of written accounts of geometry sounds too difficult to be honest.

"There are in a plane some limited curved lines, which are either wholly on the side of the straight lines, joining their limits or have nothing on the other side. So, I call "concave in the same direction" such a line, in which, if any two points whatever being taken, the straight lines between the two points either all fall on the same side of the line, or some fall on the same side and some on the line itself, but none on the other side."

I just don't have it in me to learn from stuff like that.

k
 
  • #4
You don't need to learn Greek math. Its been incorporated into modern analytic geometry and calculus. Look to Greek only for historical reasons.
 

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