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Mathematics
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A. Introduction (CT)

Taking their point of departure from the mathematical accomplishments of the Egyptians and Babylonians, the Greeks remodelled mathematics into a deductive system based on a theory of proof. For the Greeks, unlike for their predecessors, mathematics was a science practiced for its own sake, which also investigated its own foundations; thus, practical …

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Folkerts, Menso (Munich), “Mathematics”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1502720>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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