Title

The commentator's craft: Building a mathematical commentary from quotations

Author's Department

Mathematics & Actuarial Science Department

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https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0315086018301423

All Authors

Gregg R. De Young

Document Type

Research Article

Publication Title

Historia Mathematica

Publication Date

3-5-2019

doi

10.1016/j.hm.2018.10.011

Abstract

An anonymous commentary on Euclid's Elements, preserved in two manuscripts in Hyderabad, India, presents an interesting example of a mathematical commentary composed almost entirely from quotations drawn from earlier commentators. The author most frequently used is al-Anṭākī. Several other commentators are named – Ibn al-Haytham and al-Nayrīzī are frequently mentioned, as well as Ibn Hūd. The commentary reveals an author well-versed in the Euclidean tradition who quotes both accurately and intelligently.

First Page

67

Last Page

86

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