- On Mon, 5 Jun 2000 xpolakis@... wrote:

> In this remarkable List of Journals that have Mathematical Problem Columns

If you find the Journal, I would ask you for a favour:

>

> http://www.mathpropress.com/problemJournals.html

>

> are listed many journals, and among them one I am interested:

>

> Mathesis

> Publisher: Gauthier-Villars

> Place of publication: Belgium

> Language: French

> Journal began: 1881 Ceased publication: 1962

> Problem column began: 1(1881) Problem column ended:

> 70(1962)

>

> Does anyone know a bookstore (online or not) where I could buy volumes from?

>

Caratheodory in a short autobiography of his (in Greek) says that

when he participated at a mathematical competition as a student (he

was in Belgium, as his father was in the Diplomatic Service)

and got the first prize, he was the only student to solve

"a rather difficult problem". He mentions who he thinks the

proposer was (I forget the name) and that the problems and

solutions are to be found in the above mentioned Mathesis, of the

time. When I go home I will search my notes for the exact date

and issue.

Could someone with access to Mathesis tell us the problem?

To change the subject.

Antreas, did you go to the auction that had ANTIPELARGESIS as

an item? What happened? How much did it fetch? Who payed the

piper? (Now that I have three sons at College, abroad, I couldn't

afford it even for a tenth of the estimate, so I wouldn't be

....jealous if he/she got it for a song).

Michael. - [APH]:

>> In this remarkable List of Journals that have Mathematical Problem Columns

[Michael Lambrou]:

>>

>> http://www.mathpropress.com/problemJournals.html

>>

>> are listed many journals, and among them one I am interested:

>>

>> Mathesis

>> Publisher: Gauthier-Villars

>> Place of publication: Belgium

>> Language: French

>> Journal began: 1881 Ceased publication: 1962

>> Problem column began: 1(1881) Problem column ended:

>> 70(1962)

>>

>> Does anyone know a bookstore (online or not) where I could buy volumes from?

> If you find the Journal, I would ask you for a favour:

... of the Ottoman Empire.

> Caratheodory in a short autobiography of his (in Greek) says that

>when he participated at a mathematical competition as a student (he

>was in Belgium, as his father was in the Diplomatic Service)

There is an anecdote with his father (I write from memory).

In 1878, he was representing Ottomans, and met an European politician (name?),

to discuss about a treaty (betwwen Ottoman Empire and Greece, if I remember

correctly). When he left politician's office, came in the office the diplomat

of Greece. Then the politician remarked:

-- One Greek left, and another Greek came!

>and got the first prize, he was the only student to solve

.... and I would like to know which the problem was!

>"a rather difficult problem". He mentions who he thinks the

>proposer was (I forget the name) and that the problems and

>solutions are to be found in the above mentioned Mathesis, of the

>time. When I go home I will search my notes for the exact date

>and issue.

> Could someone with access to Mathesis tell us the problem?

>

No, I didn't, since I couldn't take part !

> To change the subject.

> Antreas, did you go to the auction that had ANTIPELARGESIS as

>an item? What happened? How much did it fetch? Who payed the

My book sources are cheaper than auctions, you know!

A month ago or so, I found in Monastiraki (Athens Flea Market)

the library of a math. professor of National Tecnical Univ. of Athens,

and bought two large boxes full of French mathematical books (most of

them published before WW II)

Last weekend I bought (from Monastiraki again), a box with German math. books,

from a library of a civil enginner.

As for _Antipelargesis_:

A copy is found in Crete: In the Vikelaia Library in Herakleion

(In library's Catalogue: 035 1F)

Another copies are in the National Library of Greece, and in the Library

of Aristotelian Univ. in Thessaloniki

(information from A. Poulos, Greek Math. Bibliography)

>piper? (Now that I have three sons at College, abroad, I couldn't

Antreas

>afford it even for a tenth of the estimate, so I wouldn't be

>....jealous if he/she got it for a song).

>

Yes I know: I am part of the team of Giannis Karas that records

> As for _Antipelargesis_:

> A copy is found in Crete: In the Vikelaia Library in Herakleion

> (In library's Catalogue: 035 1F)

for each science book in Greek published during Ottoman times (prior to

1821)

a)the location of each copy we could lay our hands on

b)a list of all names mentioned within (including "identification" of

those names that are "greekissised", as was common then: E.g. Ariotos is

identified as Thomas Harriot)

c)list of all definitions (so e.g. we can trace the first appearence in

Greece of mathematical terms that did not exist in

antiquity: e.g. logarithm,derivative, sine etc)

d)detailed list of contents.

It is a massive work. With Nikos Kastanis (of the University of

Thessaloniki) and Maria Terdimou (school teacher at Iraklion) we share

the load for all ( and I believe ALL) mathematics books. Others do

Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Medicine and Geography.

The lot will be published in a CD.

Also in about six months we will publish a collective work, 800 pages so

far, with an analysis of each branch. As far as mathematics goes,

Kastanis did the chapter on "Algebra", Terdimou "Geometry" and

"Arithmetic", I did "Trigonometry", and together with Kastanis we did

"Conic sections" and we are still doing "Calculus".

The particular copy of Antipelargisis in my home town, that you mention,

is in a very bad condition.Unfortunately most pages cannot be opened: An

insect had a go at it. Although the damn insect did not learn a word of

mathematics, it penetrated verticaly and horizontally on the pages, that

now look like a delicate lace, interwoven here and there. If you attempt

to open most pages, they simply tare.

> Another copies are in the National Library of Greece, and in the Library

If I remember well, there is yet another copy at Gennadios Library in

> of Aristotelian Univ. in Thessaloniki

> (information from A. Poulos, Greek Math. Bibliography)

Athens.

Recall that Antipelargisis (date 1816) is about a ruler and compass

"method" of copy of dublicating the cube. It is based on a booklet

published (memory says, in 1746) by the authors' father. Well that one

exists in one copy only, at the Romanian Academy in Bucharest. Of this

last I had to rely on a photocopy when I did my research on it.

That is all for now.

Michael