Bourbaki: Greek Mathematics


“The originality of the Greeks consists precisely in a conscious effort of arranging mathematical proofs in a sequence so that the passage from one step to the next leaves nothing in doubt and compels universal assent. Of course, the Greek mathematicians, just like their present-day successors, made use of ‘heuristic’ rather than rigorous arguments in the course of their researches”. (p. 297) #Bourbaki #Greek #mathematics #proof #passage

Bourbaki, Nicolas, Elements of Mathematics: Theory of Sets. Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer 2004.