To Diagram, to Demonstrate: To Do, To See, and To Judge in Greek Geometry

Philosophia Mathematica 20 (1):25-57 (2012)
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Abstract

Not simply set out in accompaniment of the Greek geometrical text, the diagram also is coaxed into existence manually (using straightedge and compasses) by commands in the text. The marks that a diligent reader thus sequentially produces typically sum, however, to a figure more complex than the provided one and also not (as it is) artful for being synoptically instructive. To provide a figure artfully is to balance multiple desiderata, interlocking the timelessness of insight with the temporality of construction. Our account of the diagram complements those of Manders and Macbeth by more strongly emphasizing practical synthesis

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