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" could eventually arrive at the exact knowledge of its properties. But it was not sufficient for geometricians to have observed, and as it were guessed, at these properties : it was necessary to verify them in an unexceptionable way; and this they did... "
Reflexions on the Metaphysical Principles of the Infinitesimal Analysis - Page 71
by Lazare Carnot - 1832 - 132 pages
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The World of Mathematics, Volume 1

James Roy Newman - Mathematics - 2000 - 768 pages
...continuity” serving as a guide, the Greeks could eventually arrive at the exact knowledge of its propefties. But it was not sufficient for geometricians to have...properties would necessarily lead to some contradiction: thus, after, by infinitesimal considerations, they had found the area (say) of a curvilinear figure...
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