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Journal:   TARIKH-E ELM   2011 , Volume - , Number 10; Page(s) 1 To 42.
 
Paper: 

NASIR AL-DIN AL-TUSI’S VERSION OF THE MEASUREMENT OF THE CIRCLE OF ARCHIMEDES FROM HIS REVISION OF THE MIDDLE BOOKS

 
 
Author(s):  VAN LIT ERIC*
 
* UTRECHT UNIVERSITY, THE NETHERLANDS
 
Abstract: 

The mathematical treatises known as Tahrir al-mutawassitat, “Revision of the Middle books”, are a collection of Greek and Arabic treatises which were re-edited by Nasir al-Din al-Tusi. This paper explores the nature of the editorial work Tusi did, showing that it is not a simple rendering of the original text butthat it involves major revisions and in fact original additions. For the first time, a collated version of Tusi’s revision on thetreatise on the measurement of the circle (by Archimedes) is provided. A translation of the Arabic text is put side by side with a rendition of the treatise as it was circulated before Tusi’s time. An in-depth analysis of the text elucidates the nature of Tusi’s contributions to the text. This article also provides modest corrections to earlier studies by W. R. Knorr and P. Luckey.

 
Keyword(s): NASIR AL-DIN AL-TUSI, MIDDLE BOOKS, QUADRATURE OF CIRCLES, ARCHIMEDES, MEASUREMENT OF THE CIRCLE
 
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