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05-27-2012, 11:53 PM
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The early period of Greek mathematics probably began about 600 B.C.E., well over a thousand years after the period during which most surviving documents from Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics were written.
However, in contrast to the primary sources we have for these cultures, our information about the earliest Greek mathematics comes from secondary sources. The writings of Proclus Diadochus (410 – 485 A.D.) are particularly useful about this period, and they make numerous references to a lost history of mathematics that was written by a student of Aristotle named Eudemus of Rhodes (350 – 290 B.C.E.) about 325 B.C.E..
What, then, can we say about the beginnings of Greek mathematics?
We can conclude that Greek civilization learned a great deal about Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics through direct contacts which included visits to these lands by Greek scholars during the
6th century B.C.E.
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