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The History of Mathematical Proof in Ancient Traditions

Karine Chemla, editor
Cambridge University Press
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Prologue: historiography and history of mathematical proof: a research program Karine Chemla
Part I. Views on the Historiography of Mathematical Proof:
1. The Euclidean ideal of proof in The Elements and philological uncertainties of Heiberg's edition of the text Bernard Vitrac
2. Diagrams and arguments in ancient Greek mathematics: lessons drawn from comparisons of the manuscript diagrams with those in modern critical editions Ken Saito and Nathan Sidoli
3. The texture of Archimedes' arguments: through Heiberg's veil Reviel Netz
4. John Philoponus and the conformity of mathematical proofs to Aristotelian demonstrations Orna Harari
5. Contextualising Playfair and Colebrooke on proof and demonstration in the Indian mathematical tradition (1780–1820) Dhruv Raina
6. Overlooking mathematical justifications in the Sanskrit tradition: the nuanced case of G. F. Thibaut Agathe Keller
7. The logical Greek versus the imaginative Oriental: on the historiography of 'non-Western' mathematics during the period 1820–1920 François Charette
Part II. History of Mathematical Proof in Ancient Traditions:
The Other Evidence: 8. The pluralism of Greek 'mathematics' Geoffrey Lloyd
9. Generalizing about polygonal numbers in ancient Greek mathematics Ian Mueller
10. Reasoning and symbolism in Diophantus: preliminary observations Reviel Netz
11. Mathematical justification as non-conceptualized practice: the Babylonian example Jens Høyrup
12. Interpretation of reverse algorithms in several Mesopotamian texts Christine Proust
13. Reading proofs in Chinese commentaries: algebraic proofs in an algorithmic context Karine Chemla
14. Dispelling mathematical doubts: assessing mathematical correctness of algorithms in Bhaskara's commentary on the mathematical chapter of the Aryabhatıya Agathe Keller
15. Argumentation for state examinations: demonstration in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese mathematics Alexei Volkov
16. A formal system of the Gougu method – a study on Li Rui's detailed outline of mathematical procedures for the right-angled triangle Tian Miao.