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" as it were of set purpose to have covered up the traces of his investigation, as if he had grudged posterity the secret of his method of inquiry, while he wished to extort from them assent to his results". "
The Works of Archimedes - Page vii
by Archimedes - 1897 - 326 pages
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Archimedes

Sir Thomas Little Heath - Geometry - 1920 - 58 pages
...simplicity and the perfect finish of the treatises involve at the same time an element of mystery. Although each step depends upon the preceding ones, we are...he wished to extort from them assent to his results ". A partial exception is now furnished by the Method ; for here we have (as it were) a lifting of...
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The Historical Development of the Calculus

C.H.Jr. Edwards - Mathematics - 1994 - 368 pages
...said, "as it were of set purpose to have covered up the traces of his investigations, as if he has grudged posterity the secret of his method of inquiry,...wished to extort from them assent to his results" ([7], p. 281). In this chapter we discuss those of Archimedes' extant works that deal primarily with...
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A History of Greek Mathematics: From Aristarchus to Diophantus

Thomas Heath - Mathematics - 1981 - 597 pages
...covered up the traces of his investigation, as if he had grudged posterity the secret of his rtethod of inquiry, while he wished to extort from them assent to his results '. And indeed (again in the words of Wallis) 'not only Archimedes but nearly all the ancients so hid...
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Imre Lakatos and the Guises of Reason

John Kadvany - Philosophy - 2001 - 378 pages
...seventeenth-century mathematician John Wallis remarked of Archimedes's geometric treatises that it is as it were of set purpose to have covered up the traces...wished to extort from them assent to his results. . . . [And] not only Archimedes but nearly all the ancients so hid from posterity their method of Analysis...
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A Manual of Greek Mathematics

Sir Thomas Little Heath - Mathematics - 1931 - 552 pages
...seem, as Wallis said, ' as it were of set purpose to have covered up the traces of his investigations, as if he had grudged posterity the secret of his method...wished to extort from them assent to his results'. And indeed (again in the words of Wallis) 'not only Archimedes, but nearly all the ancients, so hid...
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