Lecture in Classics and Ancient History, delivered by Professor Reviel Netz, on 14 March 2013 (venue: The British Academy).
Why did Greek mathematicians rely so heavily on the diagram and why on a diagram of a very particular kind? This lecture surveys some of the recent research into Greek mathematical diagrams, bringing out the peculiarities of this unique artifact, and finally situates its use and its meaning within the larger patterns of the roles text, and images, played in ancient Greek writing as a whole.
About the Speaker:
Reviel Netz is Professor of Classics at Stanford University. He has published extensively in the field of ancient Greek mathematics, most recently as co-editor of The Archimedes Palimpsest (Cambridge University Press, 2011).