Assignment 3a

Due: Tuesday, February 12th



Do the following for Tuesday...

Read the following:


Plato. Plato’s Cosmology: The Timaeus of Plato. Translation, notes, and commentary by Cornford.  New York: Liberal Arts Press, 1937. Excerpts. (27 small pages of English).  This reading is meant to help you get a broader understanding of how the world was imagined to be from a Platonic standpoint.  By contrast, Aristotle is usually a bit more down to earth. 

74-87: Bury's translation: Cosmic motion, mathematics, and sensation.

126-157: Bury's translation: triangles, elements, causes, uniformity, geometric elemental theory

212-215: Bury's translation: heat, respiration, etc.


Katz, Victor J. ed.  Sourcebook in the Mathematics of Medieval Europe and North Africa. Princeton University Press, 2016.  Excerpts.

4-12: Overview of Latin Schools and a few early Quadrivia.




Do the following:

1. Read over and do Homework–3a. [Handed out]

2. Draw up some part of the reading from Plato's Timaeus above.  There is a lot of imagery in there having to do with the cosmos, the elements, and various physical and chemical properties.  Be sure to put a bit of prose on your drawings to explain what is happening. 


Here is a write-up that better explains the mathematics behind Homework-2a:

Multiplication table for 24-explained.pdf

PDF of the slide show used in class.

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