Reviel Netz is currently a professor of classics and of philosophy at Stanford University. Focusing on the history of pre-modern mathematics, his research involves the wider issues of the history of cognitive practices (e.g. visual culture, the history of the book, and literacy and numeracy). His books from Cambridge University Press include The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics: a Study in Cognitive History (1999, Runciman Award), The Transformation of Early Mediterranean Mathematics: From Problems to Equations (2004), and Ludic Proof: Greek Mathematics and the Alexandrian Aesthetic (2009).He is also the author of the translation and commentary of the works of Archimedes. Together with Nigel Wilson, he prepares the edition of the recently rediscovered Archimedes Palimpsest. Related to his research in cognitive history is his interest in ecological history, on which he has published Barbed Wire: an Ecology of Modernity (Wesleyan University Press, 2004). Reviel Netz is also a poet (Adayin Bahuc, 1999), and the author, together with Maya Arad, of a collection of essays on Israeli literature, Positions of Stress (Meqom Hata’am, 2008).
Formalisms and Formalizations: Glass Bead in conversation with Catarina Dutilh Novaes and Reviel Netz
Logic is often taken to describe eternal truths. By being able to isolate properties and functions from the variables they would be commonly subjected to, it designates...