Simson on Porisms: An Annotated Translation of Robert Simson's Posthumous Treatise on Porisms and Other Items on this Subject

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Springer Science & Business Media, 9 de març 2013 - 274 pàgines
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Most mathematicians' knowledge of Euclid's lost work on Porisms comes from a very brief and general description by Pappus of Alexandria. While Fermat and others made earlier attempts to explain the Porisms, it is Robert Simson who is generally recognised as the first person to achieve a genuine insight into the true nature of the subject.
In this book, Ian Tweddle, a recognised authority on 18th century Scottish mathematics, presents for the first time a full and accessible translation of Simson's work. Based on Simson's early paper of 1723, the treatise, and various extracts from Simson's notebooks and correspondence, this book provides a fascinating insight into the work of an often-neglected figure. Supplemented by historical and mathematical notes and comments, this book is a valuable addition to the literature for anyone with an interest in mathematical history or geometry.
 

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Introduction
1
Simsons Title
9
Pappuss Account of the Porisms
33
Pappuss Two General Propositions and Euclids First
44
Notes on Part II
91
Summary
97
Notes on Part III
188
Fermat Simson and Stewart
199
Notes on Part IV
242
A2 That this goes to a given point
263
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