|The Method Proposition 2 Prelude|
Archimedes to Erostosthenes greeting.
I sent you on a former occasion some of the theorems discovered by me, merely writing out the enunciations and inviting you to discover the proofs, which at the moment I did not give.
The proofs of these theorems I have written in this book and now send them to you. Seeing moreover in you, as I say, an earnest student, a man of considerable eminence in philosophy, and an admirer [of mathematical inquiry], I thought fit to write out for you and explain in detail . . . the peculiarity of a certain method, by which it will be possible for you to get a start to enable you to investigate some of the problems in mathematics by means of mechanics. This procedure is, I am persuaded, no less useful even for the proof of the theorems themselves; . . . I apprehend that some will, by means of the method when once established, be able to discover other theorems in addition, which have not yet occurred to me.
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