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A Curated Guide for Autodidacts


by Apollonius of Perga

Written by Apollonius of Perga, Conics is a main focus of his career. Encompassing his mathematical and other scientific understandings, the text is a valuable source of knowledge from the ancient world.

Apollonius throughout his career was devoted to the sciences. He discovered many new ideas for his time in the subjects of mathematics, astronomy, and geography. He penned this work to show his knowledge and allow them to be learnt throughout the ages. This is a great text for anyone interested in the sciences in history.

The Carruthers Press version has a lot to offer. It is a great translation and other than an introduction by the translator, the text is pretty much left untouched. Cambridge University Press has an even better version. Heath’s translation is world renowned and a lot of time has been taken when creating this copy to allow easy readability and establish Apollonius’ teachings to anybody interested.