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152Fragments
of the Books on Arithmetic.^{1194}^{1194}
Fabricius, *Biblioth. Græca*, ed. Harles, vol. iii. p.
462. Hamburg, 1793.

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What is mathematics?

Aristotle thinks that all philosophy consisted of
theory and practice,^{1195}^{1195}
θεωρίας
καὶ
πράξεως.
and divides the practical into ethical and political, and the theoretic
again into the theological, the physical, and the mathematical.
And thus very clearly and skilfully he shows that mathematics is (a
branch of) philosophy.

The Chaldæans were the originators of astronomy, and the Egyptians of geometry and arithmetic.…

And whence did mathematics derive its name?

Those of the Peripatetic school affirmed that in
rhetoric and poetry, and in the popular music, any one may be an adept
though he has gone through no process of study; but that in those
pursuits properly called studies,^{1196}^{1196}
μαθήματα. none can have any real knowledge unless he
has first become a student of them. Hence they supposed that the
theory of these things was called *Mathematics*, from
μάθημα, study,
science. And the followers of Pythagoras are said to have given
this more distinctive name of mathematics to geometry, and arithmetic
alone. For of old these had each its own separate name; and they
had up till then no name common to both. And he (Archytas) gave
them this name, because he found science^{1197}^{1197}
τὸ
ἐπιστημονικόν. in them, and that in a manner suitable to
man’s study.^{1198}^{1198}
μάθησιν. For they (the Pythagoreans)
perceived that these studies dealt with things eternal and immutable
and perfect,^{1199}^{1199}
εἰλικρινῆ, absolute. in which things
alone they considered that science consisted. But the more recent
philosophers have given a more extensive application to this name, so
that, in their opinion, the mathematician deals not only with
substances^{1200}^{1200}
ὕλην. incorporeal, and
falling simply within the province of the understanding,^{1201}^{1201}
νοητήν. but also with that
which touches upon corporeal and sensible matter. For he ought to
be cognisant of^{1202}^{1202}
θεωρητικός. the course of
the stars, and their velocity, and their magnitudes, and forms, and
distances. And, besides, he ought to investigate their
dispositions to vision, examining into the causes, why they are not
seen as of the same form and of the same size from every distance,
retaining, indeed, as we know them to do, their dispositions relative
to each other,^{1203}^{1203}
τοὺς
πρὸς ἄλληλα
λόγους. but producing,
at the same time, deceptive appearances, both in respect of order and
position. And these are so, either as determined by the state of
the heavens and the air, or as seen in reflecting and all polished
surfaces and in transparent bodies, and in all similar kinds. In
addition to this, they thought that the man ought to be versed in
mechanics and geometry and dialectics. And still further, that he
should engage himself with the causes of the harmonious combination of
sounds, and with the composition of music; which things are
bodies,^{1204}^{1204}
σώματα, substances. or at least are to
be ultimately referred to sensible matter.

What is mathematics?

Mathematics is a theoretic science^{1205}^{1205}
ἐπιστήμη
θεωρητική. of things
apprehensible by perception and sensation for communication to
others.^{1206}^{1206}
πρὸς
τὴν τῶν
ὑποπιπτόντων
δόσιν. And before
this a certain person indulging in a joke, while hitting his mark, said
that mathematics is that science to which Homer’s description of
Discord may be applied.—

“Small at her birth, but rising every hour,

While scarce the skies her horrid (mighty) head can bound,

She stalks on earth and shakes the world
around.”^{1207}^{1207}
*Iliad*, iv. 442–443 (Pope).

For it begins with a point and a line,^{1208}^{1208}
σημείου
καὶ
γραμμῆς. and forthwith it takes heaven itself and
all things within its compass.

How many divisions are there of mathematics?

Of the more notable and the earliest mathematics
there are two principal divisions, viz., arithmetic and geometry.
And of the mathematics which deals with things sensible there are six
divisions, viz., computation (practical arithmetic), geodesy, optics,
theoretical music, mechanics, and astronomy. But that neither the
so-called tactics nor architecture,^{1209}^{1209}
τὸ
ἀρχιτεκτονικόν. nor the popular music, nor physics, nor the
art which is called equivocally the mechanical, constitutes, as some
think, a branch of mathematics, we shall prove, as the discourse
proceeds, clearly and systematically.

As to the circle having eight solids and six superficies
and four angles.…What branches of arithmetic have closest
affinity with each other? Computation and theoretical music have
a closer 153affinity than others
with arithmetic; for this department, being one also of quantity and
ratio, approaches it in number and proportion.^{1210}^{1210}
ἀναλογίας. Optics and geodesy, again, are more in
affinity with geometry. And mechanics and astrology are in
general affinity with both.

As to mathematics having its principles^{1211}^{1211}
ἀρχάς, beginnings. in hypothesis and
about hypothesis. Now, the term hypothesis is used in three ways,
or indeed in many ways. For according to one usage of the term we
have the dramatic revolution;^{1212}^{1212}
περιπέτεια,
reversal of circumstances on which the plot of a tragedy hinges.
and in this sense there are said to be hypotheses in the dramas of
Euripides. According to a second meaning, we have the
investigation of matters in the special in rhetoric; and in this sense
the Sophists say that a hypothesis must be proposed. And,
according to a third signification, the beginning of a proof is called
a hypothesis, as being the begging of certain matters with a view to
the establishment of another in question. Thus it is said that
Democritus^{1213}^{1213}
A native of Abdera, in Thrace, born about 460 b.c., and, along with Leucippus, the founder of the
philosophical theory of atoms, according to which the creation of all
things was explained as being due to the fortuitous combination of an
infinite number of atoms floating in infinite space. used a
hypothesis, namely, that of atoms and a vacuum; and
Asclepiades^{1214}^{1214}
A famous physician, a native of Bithynia, but long resident in
great repute at Rome in the middle of the first century b.c. He adopted the Epicurean doctrine of atoms and
pores, and tried to form a new theory of disease, on the principle that
it might be in all cases reduced to obstruction of the pores and
irregular distribution of the atoms. that of
atoms^{1215}^{1215}
ὄγκοις. and pores.
Now, when applied to mathematics, the term hypothesis is to be taken in
the third sense.

That Pythagoras was not the only one who duly
honoured arithmetic, but that his best known disciples did so too,
being wont to say that “all things fit number.”^{1216}^{1216}
[Wisd. xi. 20; Ecclus. xxxviii. 29 and
xlii. 7.]

That arithmetic has as its immediate end chiefly
the theory of science,^{1217}^{1217}
τὴν
ἐπιστημονικὴν
θεωρίαν.
than which there is no end either greater or nobler. And its
second end is to bring together in one all that is found in determinate
substance.^{1218}^{1218}
συλλήβδην
καταλαβεῖν
πόσα τῇ
ὡρισμένῃ
οὐσίᾳ
συμβέβηκεν.

Who among the mathematicians has made any discovery?

Eudemus^{1219}^{1219} A
native of Rhodes, a disciple of Aristotle, and editor of his works.
relates in his *Astrologies* that Œnopides^{1220}^{1220} A
native of Chios, mentioned by Plato in connection with Anaxagoras, and
therefore supposed by some to have been a contemporary of the latter
sage. found out the circle of the zodiac and the
cycle^{1221}^{1221}
περίστασιν,
revolution. of the great
year. And Thales^{1222}^{1222} Of
Miletus, one of the sages, and founder of the Ionic school.
discovered the eclipse of the sun and its period in the tropics in its
constant inequality. And Anaximander^{1223}^{1223}
Of Miletus, born 610 b.c., the immediate
successor of Thales in the Ionic school of philosophy. discovered that the earth is poised in
space,^{1224}^{1224}
μετέωρος. and moves round
the axis of the universe. And Anaximenes^{1225}^{1225} Of
Miletus, the third in the series of Ionic philosophers. discovered that the moon has her light
from the sun, and found out also the way in which she suffers
eclipse. And the rest of the mathematicians have also made
additions to these discoveries. We may instance the
facts—that the fixed stars move round the axis passing through
the poles, while the planets remove from each other^{1226}^{1226}
απεχουσιν
ἀλλήλων. round the perpendicular axis of the
zodiac; and that the axis of the fixed stars and the planets is the
side of a pentedecagon with four-and-twenty parts.

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