Isidore of Miletus had earlier taught physics in Alexandria, Egypt and then later at Constantinople, and had written a commentary on earlier books on building. He had also collected and publicized the writings of Eutocius, which were commentaries on the mathematics of Archimedes and Apollonius, and consequently helped to revive interest in their works. Through this act, these most important of writings have been preserved and passed on to future generations. Furthermore, he was also an able mathematician, to him we owe the T-square and string construction of a parabola and possibly also the apocryphal Book XV of Euclid's Elements.
AS A STUDENT, SOME 50 YEARS AGO, I WAS SMARTLY ESCORTED TO THE DOOR OF THE ISTANBUL HILTON FOR BEING TOO SCRUFFILY DRESSED
Jul 14, 2005; Istanbul was a splendid venue for the UIA congress.The city that bridges Europe and Asia, the capital of Theodosius and...