A Treatise of Archimedes
Recently discovered and translated from the Greek by Dr. J. L. Heiberg
Professor of Classical Philology at the University of Copenhagen
with an introduction by David Eugene Smith
President of Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
English version translated from the German by Lydia G. Robinson and reprinted from “The Monist,” April, 1909
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If there ever was a case of appropriateness in discovery, the finding of this manuscript in the summer of 1906 was one. In the first place it was appropriate that the discovery should be made in Constantinople, since it was here that the West received its first manuscripts of the other extant works, nine in number, of the great Syracusan. It was furthermore appropriate that the discovery should be made by Professor Heiberg, facilis princeps among all workers in the field of editing the classics of Greek mathematics, and an indefatigable searcher of the libraries of Europe for manuscripts to aid him in perfecting his labors. And finally it was most appropriate that this work should appear at a time when the affiliation of pure and applied mathematics is becoming so generally recognized all over the world. We are sometimes led to feel, in considering isolated cases, that the great contributors of the past have worked in the field of pure mathematics alone, and the saying of Plutarch that Archimedes felt that “every kind of art connected with daily needs was ignoble and vulgar”1 may have strengthened this feeling. It therefore assists us in properly orientating ourselves to read another treatise from the greatest mathematician of antiquity that sets clearly before us his indebtedness to the mechanical applications of his subject.
Not the least interesting of the passages in the manuscript is the first line, the greeting to Eratosthenes. It is well known, on the testimony of Diodoros his countryman, that Archimedes studied in Alexandria, and the latter frequently makes mention of Konon of Samos whom he knew there, probably as a teacher, and to whom he was indebted for the suggestion of the spiral that bears his name. It is also related, this time by Proclos, that Eratosthenes was a contemporary of Archimedes, and if the testimony of so late a writer as Tzetzes, who lived in the twelfth century, may be taken as valid, the former was eleven years the junior of the great Sicilian. Until now, however, we have had nothing definite to show that the two were ever acquainted. The great Alexandrian savant — poet, geographer, arithmetician — affectionately called by the students Pentathlos, the champion in five sports,2 selected by Ptolemy Euergetes to succeed his master, Kallimachos the poet, as head of the great Library — this man, the most renowned of his time in Alexandria, could hardly have been a teacher of Archimedes, nor yet the fellow student of one who was so much his senior. It is more probable that they were friends in the later days when Archimedes was received as a savant rather than as a learner, and this is borne out by the statement at the close of proposition I which refers to one of his earlier works, showing that this particular treatise was a late one. This reference being to one of the two works dedicated to Dositheos of Kolonos,3 and one of these (De lineis spiralibus) referring to an earlier treatise sent to Konon,4 we are led to believe that this was one of the latest works of Archimedes and that Eratosthenes was a friend of his mature years, although one of long standing. The statement that the preliminary propositions were sent “some time ago” bears out this idea of a considerable duration of friendship, and the idea that more or less correspondence had resulted from this communication may be inferred by the statement that he saw, as he had previously said, that Eratosthenes was “a capable scholar and a prominent teacher of philosophy,” and also that he understood “how to value a mathematical method of investigation when the opportunity offered.” We have, then, new light upon the relations between these two men, the leaders among the learned of their day.
A second feature of much interest in the treatise is the intimate view that we have into the workings of the mind of the author. It must always be remembered that Archimedes was primarily a discoverer, and not primarily a compiler as were Euclid, Apollonios, and Nicomachos. Therefore to have him follow up his first communication of theorems to Eratosthenes by a statement of his mental processes in reaching his conclusions is not merely a contribution to mathematics but one to education as well. Particularly is this true in the following statement, which may well be kept in mind in the present day: “I have thought it well to analyse and lay down for you in this same book a peculiar method by means of which it will be possible for you to derive instruction as to how certain mathematical questions may be investigated by means of mechanics. And I am convinced that this is equally profitable in demonstrating a proposition itself; for much that was made evident to me through the medium of mechanics was later proved by means of geometry, because the treatment by the former method had not yet been established by way of a demonstration. For of course it is easier to establish a proof if one has in this way previously obtained a conception of the questions, than for him to seek it without such a preliminary notion. . . . Indeed I assume that some one among the investigators of to-day or in the future will discover by the method here set forth still other propositions which have not yet occurred to us.” Perhaps in all the history of mathematics no such prophetic truth was ever put into words. It would almost seem as if Archimedes must have seen as in a vision the methods of Galileo, Cavalieri, Pascal, Newton, and many of the other great makers of the mathematics of the Renaissance and the present time.
The first proposition concerns the quadrature of the parabola, a subject treated at length in one of his earlier communications to Dositheos.5 He gives a digest of the treatment, but with the warning that the proof is not complete, as it is in his special work upon the subject. He has, in fact, summarized propositions VII-XVII of his communication to Dositheos, omitting the geometric treatment of propositions XVIII-XXIV. One thing that he does not state, here or in any of his works, is where the idea of center of gravity6 started. It was certainly a common notion in his day, for he often uses it without defining it. It appears in Euclid’s7 time, but how much earlier we cannot as yet say.
Proposition II states no new fact. Essentially it means that if a sphere, cylinder, and cone (always circular) have the same radius, r, and the altitude of the cone is r and that of the cylinder 2r, then the volumes will be as 4: 1: 6, which is true, since they are respectively 4/3 πr³, 1/3 πr³, and 2πr³. The interesting thing, however, is the method pursued, the derivation of geometric truths from principles of mechanics. There is, too, in every sentence, a little suggestion of Cavalieri, an anticipation by nearly two thousand years of the work of the greatest immediate precursor of Newton. And the geometric imagination that Archimedes shows in the last sentence is also noteworthy as one of the interesting features of this work: “After I had thus perceived that a sphere is four times as large as the cone . . . it occurred to me that the surface of a sphere is four times as great as its largest circle, in which I proceeded from the idea that just as a circle is equal to a triangle whose base is the periphery of the circle, and whose altitude is equal to its radius, so a sphere is equal to a cone whose base is the same as the surface of the sphere and whose altitude is equal to the radius of the sphere.” As a bit of generalization this throws a good deal of light on the workings of Archimedes’s mind.
In proposition III he considers the volume of a spheroid, which he had already treated more fully in one of his letters to Dositheos,8 and which contains nothing new from a mathematical standpoint. Indeed it is the method rather than the conclusion that is interesting in such of the subsequent propositions as relate to mensuration. Proposition V deals with the center of gravity of a segment of a conoid, and proposition VI with the center of gravity of a hemisphere, thus carrying into solid geometry the work of Archimedes on the equilibrium of planes and on their centers of gravity.9 The general method is that already known in the treatise mentioned, and this is followed through proposition X.
Proposition XI is the interesting case of a segment of a right cylinder cut off by a plane through the center of the lower base and tangent to the upper one. He shows this to equal one-sixth of the square prism that circumscribes the cylinder. This is well known to us through the formula v = 2r² h/3, the volume of the prism being 4r² h, and requires a knowledge of the center of gravity of the cylindric section in question. Archimedes is, so far as we know, the first to state this result, and he obtains it by his usual method of the skilful balancing of sections. There are several lacunae in the demonstration, but enough of it remains to show the ingenuity of the general plan. The culminating interest from the mathematical standpoint lies in proposition XIII, where Archimedes reduces the whole question to that of the quadrature of the parabola. He shows that a fourth of the circumscribed prism is to the segment of the cylinder as the semi-base of the prism is to the parabola inscribed in the semi-base; that is, that 1/4 p: v = 1/2 b: ( 2/3 · 1/2 b), whence v = 1/6 p. Proposition XIV is incomplete, but it is the conclusion of the two preceding propositions.
In general, therefore, the greatest value of the work lies in the following:
It throws light upon the hitherto only suspected relations of Archimedes and Eratosthenes.
It shows the working of the mind of Archimedes in the discovery of mathematical truths, showing that he often obtained his results by intuition or even by measurement, rather than by an analytic form of reasoning, verifying these results later by strict analysis.
It expresses definitely the fact that Archimedes was the discoverer of those properties relating to the sphere and cylinder that have been attributed to him and that are given in his other works without a definite statement of their authorship.
It shows that Archimedes was the first to state the volume of the cylinder segment mentioned, and it gives an interesting description of the mechanical method by which he arrived at his result.
David Eugene Smith.
Teachers College, Columbia University.
1 Marcellus, 17.
2 His nickname of Beta is well known, possibly because his lecture room was number 2.
3 We know little of his works, none of which are extant. Geminos and Ptolemy refer to certain observations made by him in 200 B. C., twelve years after the death of Archimedes. Pliny also mentions him.
4 Τῶν ποτὶ Κόνωνα άπυσταλέντων υεωρημάτων.
5 Τετραγωνισμδς παραβολῆς
6 Κέντρα βαρῶν for “barycentric” is a very old term.
7 At any rate in the anonymous fragment De levi et ponderoso, sometimes attributed to him.
8 Περὶ κωνοειδεῶν και σφαιροειδεῶν.
9 ́‘Επιπέδων ὶσορροπιῶν ῆ κέντρα βαρῶν έπιπέδων.
Archimedes to Eratosthenes, Greeting:
Some time ago I sent you some theorems I had discovered, writing down only the propositions because I wished you to find their demonstrations which had not been given. The propositions of the theorems which I sent you were the following:
1. If in a perpendicular prism with a parallelogram10 for base a cylinder is inscribed which has its bases in the opposite parallelograms10 and its surface touching the other planes of the prism, and if a plane is passed through the center of the circle that is the base of the cylinder and one side of the square lying in the opposite plane, then that plane will cut off from the cylinder a section which is bounded by two planes, the intersecting plane and the one in which the base of the cylinder lies, and also by as much of the surface of the cylinder as lies between these same planes; and the detached section of the cylinder is 1/6 of the whole prism.
2. If in a cube a cylinder is inscribed whose bases lie in opposite parallelograms* and whose surface touches the other four planes, and if in the same cube a second cylinder is inscribed whose bases lie in two other parallelograms* and whose surface touches the four other planes, then the body enclosed by the surface of the cylinder and comprehended within both cylinders will be equal to 2/3 of the whole cube.
* This must mean a square.
These propositions differ essentially from those formerly discovered; for then we compared those bodies (conoids, spheroids and their segments) with the volume of cones and cylinders but none of them was found to be equal to a body enclosed by planes. Each of these bodies, on the other hand, which are enclosed by two planes and cylindrical surfaces is found to be equal to a body enclosed by planes. The demonstration of these propositions I am accordingly sending to you in this book.
Since I see, however, as I have previously said, that you are a capable scholar and a prominent teacher of philosophy, and also that you understand how to value a mathematical method of investigation when the opportunity is offered, I have thought it well to analyze and lay down for you in this same book a peculiar method by means of which it will be possible for you to derive instruction as to how certain mathematical questions may be investigated by means of mechanics. And I am convinced that this is equally profitable in demonstrating a proposition itself; for much that was made evident to me through the medium of mechanics was later proved by means of geometry because the treatment by the former method had not yet been established by way of a demonstration. For of course it is easier to establish a proof if one has in this way previously obtained a conception of the questions, than for him to seek it without such a preliminary notion. Thus in the familiar propositions the demonstrations of which Eudoxos was the first to discover, namely that a cone and a pyramid are one third the size of that cylinder and prism respectively that have the same base and altitude, no little credit is due to Democritos who was the first to make that statement about these bodies without any demonstration. But we are in a position to have found the present proposition in the same way as the earlier one; and I have decided to write down and make known the method partly because we have already talked about it heretofore and so no one would think that we were spreading abroad idle talk, and partly in the conviction that by this means we are obtaining no slight advantage for mathematics, for indeed I assume that some one among the investigators of to-day or in the future will discover by the method here set forth still other propositions which have not yet occurred to us.
In the first place we will now explain what was also first made clear to us through mechanics, namely that a segment of a parabola is 4/3 of the triangle possessing the same base and equal altitude; following which we will explain in order the particular propositions discovered by the above mentioned method; and in the last part of the book we will present the geometrical demonstrations of the propositions.*
* In his “Commentar,” Professor Zeuthen calls attention to the fact that it was aiready known from Heron’s recently discovered Metrica that these propositions were contained in this treatise, and Professor Heiberg made the same comment in Hermes. — Tr.
1. If one magnitude is taken away from another magnitude and the same point is the center of gravity both of the whole and of the part removed, then the same point is the center of gravity of the remaining portion.
2. If one magnitude is taken away from another magnitude and the center of gravity of the whole and of the part removed is not the same point, the center of gravity of the remaining portion may be found by prolonging the straight line which connects the centers of gravity of the whole and of the part removed, and setting off upon it another straight line which bears the same ratio to the straight line between the aforesaid centers of gravity, as the weight of the magnitude which has been taken away bears to the weight of the one remaining [De plan. aequil. I, 8].
3. If the centers of gravity of any number of magnitudes lie upon the same straight line, then will the center of gravity of all the magnitudes combined lie also upon the same straight line [Cf. ibid. I, 5].
4. The center of gravity of a straight line is the center of that line [Cf. ibid. I, 4].
5. The center of gravity of a triangle is the point in which the straight lines drawn from the angles of a triangle to the centers of the opposite sides intersect [Ibid. I, 14].
6. The center of gravity of a parallelogram is the point where its diagonals meet [Ibid. I, 10].
7. The center of gravity [of a circle] is the center [of that circle].
8. The center of gravity of a cylinder [is the center of its axis].
9. The center of gravity of a prism is the center of its axis.
10. The center of gravity of a cone so divides its axis that the section at the vertex is three times as great as the remainder.
11. Moreover together with the exercise here laid down I will make use of the following proposition:
If any number of magnitudes stand in the same ratio to the same number of other magnitudes which correspond pair by pair, and if either all or some of the former magnitudes stand in any ratio whatever to other magnitudes, and the latter in the same ratio to the corresponding ones, then the sum of the magnitudes of the first series will bear the same ratio to the sum of those taken from the third series as the sum of those of the second series bears to the sum of those taken from the fourth series [De Conoid. I].
Let αβγ [Fig. 1] be the segment of a parabola bounded by the straight line αγ and the parabola αβγ. Let αγ be bisected at δ, δβε being parallel to the diameter, and draw αβ, and βγ. Then the segment αβγ will be 4/3 as great as the triangle αβγ.
From the points α and γ draw αζ δβε, and the tangent γζ; produce [γβ to κ, and make κθ = γκ]. Think of γθ as a
scale-beam with the center at κ and let μξ be any straight line whatever δ. Now since γβα is a parabola, γζ a tangent
and γδ an ordinate, then εβ = βδ; for this indeed has been proved in the Elements [i.e., of conic sections, cf. Quadr.
parab. 2]. For this reason and because ζα and μξ εδ, μν = νξ, and ζκ = κα. And because γα: αξ = μξ: ξo (for this is
shown in a corollary, [cf. Quadr. parab. 5]), γα: αξ = γκ: κν; and γκ = κθ, therefore θκ: κν = μξ: ξo. And because ν is
the center of gravity of the straight line μξ, since μν = νξ, then if we make τ η = ξo and θ as its center of gravity
so that τ θ = θη, the straight line τ θη will be in equilibrium with μξ in its present position because θν is divided
in inverse proportion to the weights τ η and μξ, and θκ: κν = μξ: ητ; therefore κ is the center of gravity of the
combined weight of the two. In the
Fig. 1. same way all straight lines drawn in the triangle ζαγ∥δ are in their present positions in equilibrium
with their parts cut off by the parabola, when these are transferred to θ, so that κ is the center of gravity of the
combined weight of the two. And because the triangle γζα consists of the straight lines in the triangle γζα and the
segment αβγ consists of those straight lines within the segment of the parabola corresponding to the straight line ξo,
therefore the triangle ζαγ in its present position will be in equilibrium at the point κ with the parabola-segment when
this is transferred to θ as its center of gravity, so that κ is the center of gravity of the combined weights of the
two. Now let γκ be so divided at χ that γκ = 3κχ; then χ will be the center of gravity of the triangle αζγ, for this
has been shown in the Statics [cf. De plan. aequil. I, 15, p. 186, 3 with Eutokios, S. 320, 5ff.]. Now the triangle ζαγ
in its present position is in equilibrium at the point κ with the segment βαγ when this is transferred to θ as its
center of gravity, and the center of gravity of the triangle ζαγ is χ; hence triangle αζγ: segm. αβγ when transferred
to θ as its center of gravity = θκ: κχ. But θκ = 3κχ; hence also triangle αζγ = 3 segm. αβγ. But it is also true that
triangle ζαγ = 4∆αβγ because ζκ = κα and αδ = δγ; hence segm. αβγ = 4/3 the triangle αβγ. This is of course clear.
It is true that this is not proved by what we have said here; but it indicates that the result is correct. And so, as we have just seen that it has not been proved but rather conjectured that the result is correct we have devised a geometrical demonstration which we made known some time ago and will again bring forward farther on.
That a sphere is four times as large as a cone whose base is equal to the largest circle of the sphere and whose altitude is equal to the radius of the sphere, and that a cylinder whose base is equal to the largest circle of the sphere and whose altitude is equal to the diameter of the circle is one and a half times as large as the sphere, may be seen by the present method in the following way:
Let αβγδ [Fig. 2] be the
Fig. 2. largest circle of a sphere and αγ and βδ its diameters perpendicular to each other; let there be in the
sphere a circle on the diameter βδ perpendicular to the circle αβγδ, and on this perpendicular circle let there be a
cone erected with its vertex at α; producing the convex surface of the cone, let it be cut through γ by a plane
parallel to its base; the result will be the circle perpendicular to αγ whose diameter will be ζ. On this circle erect
a cylinder whose axis = αγ and whose vertical boundaries are λ and ζη. Produce γα making αθ = γα and think of γθ as a
scale-beam with its center at α. Then let μν be any straight line whatever drawn ∥βδ intersecting the circle αβγδ in ξ
and o, the diameter αγ in σ, the straight line α in π and αζ in ρ, and on the straight line μν construct a plane
perpendicular to αγ; it will intersect the cylinder in a circle on the diameter μν; the sphere αβγδ, in a circle on the
diameter ξo; the cone α ζ in a circle on the diameter πρ. Now because γα × ασ = μσ × σπ ( for αγ = σμ, ασ = πσ), and
γα×ασ = αξ² = ξσ² + απ² then μσ × σπ = ξσ² + σπ². Moreover, because γα: ασ = μσ: σπ and γα = αθ, therefore θα: ασ = μσ:
σπ = μσ²: μσ × σπ. But it has been proved that ξσ² + σπ² = μσ × σπ; hence αθ: ασ = μσ²: ξσ² + σπ². But it is true that
μσ²: ξσ² + σπ² = μν²: ξα² + πρ² = the circle in the cylinder whose diameter is μν: the circle in the cone whose
diameter is πρ + the circle in the sphere whose diameter is ξo; hence θα: ασ = the circle in the cylinder: the circle
in the sphere + the circle in the cone. Therefore the circle in the cylinder in its present position will be in
equilibrium at the point α with the two circles whose diameters are ξo and πρ, if they are so transferred to θ that θ
is the center of gravity of both. In the same way it can be shown that when another straight line is drawn in the
parallelogram ξλ ζ, and upon it a plane is erected perpendicular to αγ, the circle produced in the cylinder in its
present position will be in equilibrium at the point α with the two circles produced in the sphere and the cone when
they are transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at the point θ that θ is the center of gravity of both.
Therefore if cylinder, sphere and cone are filled up with such circles then the cylinder in its present position will
be in equilibrium at the point α with the sphere and the cone together, if they are transferred and so arranged on the
scale-beam at the point θ that θ is the center of gravity of both. Now since the bodies we have mentioned are in
equilibrium, the cylinder with κ as its center of gravity, the sphere and the cone transferred as we have said so that
they have θ as center of gravity, then θα: ακ = cylinder: sphere + cone. But θα = 2ακ, and hence also the cylinder = 2
× (sphere + cone). But it is also true that the cylinder = 3 cones [Euclid, Elem. XII, 10], hence 3 cones = 2 cones + 2
spheres. If 2 cones be subtracted from both sides, then the cone whose axes form the triangle α ζ = 2 spheres. But the
cone whose axes form the triangle α ζ = 8 cones whose axes form the triangle αβδ because ζ = 2βδ, hence the aforesaid 8
cones = 2 spheres. Consequently the sphere whose greatest circle is αβγδ is four times as large as the cone with its
vertex at α, and whose base is the circle on the diatneter βδ perpendicular to αγ. Draw the straight lines φβχ and ψδω
αγ through β and δ in the parallelogram λζ and imagine a cylinder whose bases are the circles on the diameters φψ and
χω and whose axis is αγ. Now since the cylinder whose axes form the parallelogram φω is twice as large as the cylinder
whose axes form the parallelogram φδ and the latter is three times as large as the cone the triangle of whose axes is
αβδ, as is shown in the Elements [Euclid, Elem. XII, 10], the cylinder whose axes form the parallelogram φω is six
times as large as the cone whose axes form the triangle αβδ. But it was shown that the sphere whose largest circle is
αβγδ is four times as large as the same cone, consequently the cylinder is one and one half times as large as the
sphere, Q. E. D.
After I had thus perceived that a sphere is four times as large as the cone whose base is the largest circle of the sphere and whose altitude is equal to its radius, it occurred to me that the surface of a sphere is four times as great as its largest circle, in which I proceeded from the idea that just as a circle is equal to a triangle whose base is the periphery of the circle and whose altitude is equal to its radius, so a sphere is equal to a cone whose base is the same as the surface of the sphere and whose altitude is equal to the radius of the sphere.
By this method it may also be seen that a cylinder whose base is equal to the largest circle of a spheroid and whose
altitude is equal to the axis of the spheroid, is one and one half times as large as the spheroid, and when this is
recognized it becomes clear that if a spheroid is cut through its center by a plane perpendicular to its axis, one-half
of the spheroid is twice as great as the cone whose base is that of the segment and its axis the same. For let a
spheroid be cut by a plane through its axis and let there be in its surface an ellipse αβγδ [Fig. 3] whose diameters
are αγ and βδ and whose center is κ and let there be a circle in the spheroid on the diameter βδ perpendicular to αγ;
then imagine a cone whose base is the same circle but whose vertex is at α, and producing its surface, let the cone be
cut by a plane through γ parallel to the base; the intersection will be a circle perpendicular to αγ with ζ as its
diameter. Now imagine a cylinder whose base is the same circle with the diameter ζ and whose axis is αγ; let γα be
produced so that αθ = γα; think of θγ as a scale-beam with its center at α and in the parallelogram λθ draw a straight
line μν ζ, and on μν construct a plane perpendicular to αγ; this will intersect the cylinder in a circle whose diameter
is μν, the spheroid in a circle whose diameter is ξo and the cone in a circle whose diameter is πρ. Because γα: ασ = α:
απ = μσ: σπ, and γα = αθ, therefore θα: ασ = μσ: σπ. But μσ: σπ = μσ²: μσ × σπ and μσ × σπ = πσ² + σξ², for ασ × σγ:
σξ² = ακ × κγ: κβ² = ακ²: κβ² (for both ratios are equal to the ratio between the diameter and the parameter
[Apollonius, Con. I, 21]) = ασ²: σπ² therefore ασ²: ασ × σγ = πσ²: σξ² = σπ²: σπ × πμ, consequently μπ × πσ = σξ². If
πσ² is added to both sides then μσ × σπ = πσ² + σξ². Therefore θα: ασ = μσ²: πσ² + σξ². But μσ²: σξ² + σπ² = the circle
in the cylinder whose diameter is μν: the circle with the diameter ξo + the circle with the diameter πρ; hence the
circle whose diameter is μν will in its present position be in equilibrium at the point α with the two circles whose
diameters are ξo and πρ when they are transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at the point α that θ is the center
of gravity of both; and θ is the center of gravity of the two circles combined whose diameters are ξo and πρ when their
position is changed, hence θα: ασ = the circle with the diameter μν: the two circles whose diameters are ξo and πρ. In
the same way it can be shown that if another straight line is drawn in the parallelogram λζ ζ and on this line last
drawn a plane is constructed perpendicular to αγ, then likewise the circle produced in the cylinder will in its present
position be in equilibrium at the point α with the two circles combined which have been produced in the spheroid and in
the cone respectively when they are so transferred to the point θ on the scale-beam that θ is the center of gravity of
both. Then if
Fig. 3. cylinder, spheroid and cone are filled with such circles, the cylinder in its present position will be
in equilibrium at the point α with the spheroid + the cone if they are transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at
the point α that θ is the center of gravity of both. Now κ is the center of gravity of the cylinder, but θ, as has been
said, is the center of gravity of the spheroid and cone together. Therefore θα: ακ = cylinder: spheroid + cone. But αθ
= 2ακ, hence also the cylinder = 2 × (spheroid + cone) = 2 × spheroid + 2 × cone. But the cylinder = 3 × cone, hence 3
× cone = 2 × cone + 2 × spheroid. Subtract 2 × cone from both sides; then a cone whose axes form the triangle α ζ = 2 ×
spheroid.
But the same cone = 8 cones whose axes form the ∆αβδ; hence 8 such cones = 2 × spheroid, 4 × cone = spheroid; whence it follows that a spheroid is four times as great as a cone whose vertex is at α, and whose base is the circle on the diameter βδ perpendicular to λ, and one-half the spheroid is twice as great as the same cone.
In the parallelogram λζ draw the straight lines φχ and ψω αγ through the points β and δ and imagine a cylinder whose bases are the circles on the diameters φψ and χω, and whose axis is αγ. Now since the cylinder whose axes form the parallelogram φω is twice as great as the cylinder whose axes form the parallelogram φδ because their bases are equal but the axis of the first is twice as great as the axis of the second, and since the cylinder whose axes form the parallelogram φδ is three times as great as the cone whose vertex is at α and whose base is the circle on the diameter βδ perpendicular to αγ, then the cylinder whose axes form the parallelogram φω is six times as great as the aforesaid cone. But it has been shown that the spheroid is four times as great as the same cone, hence the cylinder is one and one half times as great as the spheroid. Q. E. D.
That a segment of a right conoid cut by a plane perpendicular to its axis is one and one half times as great as the
cone having the same base and axis as the segment, can be proved by the same method in the following way: Let a right
conoid be cut through its axis by a plane intersecting the surface in a parabola αβγ [Fig. 4]; let it be also cut by
another plane perpendicular to the axis, and let their common line of intersection be βγ. Let the axis of the segment
be δα and let it be produced to θ so that θα = αδ. Now imagine δθ to be a scale-beam with its center at α; let the base
of the segment be the circle on the diameter βγ perpendicular to αδ; imagine a cone whose base is the circle on the
diameter βγ, and whose vertex is at α. Imagine also a cylinder whose base is the circle on the diameter βγ and its axis
αδ, and in the parallelogram let a straight line μν be drawn βγ and on μν construct a plane perpendicular to αδ; it
will intersect the cylinder in a circle whose diameter is μν, and the segment of the right conoid in a circle whose
diameter is ξo. Now since βαγ is a parabola, αδ its diameter and ξσ and βδ its ordinates, then [Quadr. parab. 3] δα: ασ
= βδ²: ξσ². But δα = αθ, therefore θα: ασ = μσ²: σξ². But μσ²: σξ² = the circle in the cylinder whose diameter is μν:
the circle in the segment of the right conoid whose diameter is ξo, hence θα: ασ = the circle with the diameter μν: the
circle with the diameter ξo; therefore the circle in the cylinder whose diameter is μν is in its present position, in
equilibrium at the point α with the circle whose diameter is ξo if this be transferred and so arranged on the
scale-beam at θ that θ is its center of gravity. And the center of gravity of the circle whose diameter is μν is at σ,
that of the circle whose diameter is ξo when its position is changed, is θ, and we have the inverse proportion, θα: ασ
= the circle with the diameter μν: the circle with the diameter ξo. In the same way it can be shown that if another
straight line be drawn in the
Fig. 4. parallelogram γ βγ the circle formed in the cylinder, will in its present position be in equilibrium at
the point α with that formed in the segment of the right conoid if the latter is so transferred to θ on the scale-beam
that θ is its center of gravity. Therefore if the cylinder and the segment of the right conoid are filled up then the
cylinder in its present position will be in equilibrium at the point α with the segment of the right conoid if the
latter is transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at θ that θ is its center of gravity. And since these
magnitudes are in equilibrium at α, and κ is the center of gravity of the cylinder, if αδ is bisected at κ and θ is the
center of gravity of the segment transferred to that point, then we have the inverse proportion θα: ακ = cylinder:
segment. But θα = 2ακ and also the cylinder = 2 × segment. But the same cylinder is 3 times as great as the cone whose
base is the circle on the diameter βγ and whose vertex is at α; therefore it is clear that the segment is one and one
half times as great as the same cone.
That the center of gravity of a segment of a right conoid which is cut off by a plane perpendicular to the axis, lies on the straight line which is the axis of the segment divided in such a way that the portion at the vertex is twice as great as the remainder, may be perceived by our method in the following way:
Let a segment of a right conoid cut off by a plane perpendicular to the axis be cut by another plane through the
axis, and let the intersection in its surface be the parabola αβγ [Fig. 5] and let the common line of intersection of
the plane which cut off the segment and of the intersecting plane be βγ; let the axis of the segment and the diameter
of the parabola αβγ be αδ; produce δα so that αθ = αδ and imagine δθ to be a scale-beam with its center at α; then
inscribe a cone in the segment with the lateral boundaries βα and αγ and in the parabola draw a straight line ξo βγ and
let it cut the parabola in ξ and o and the lateral boundaries of the cone in π and ρ. Now because ξσ and βδ are drawn
perpendicular to the diameter of the parabola, δα: ασ = βδ²: ξσ² [Quadr. parab. 3]. But δα: ασ = βδ: πσ = βδ²: βδ × πσ,
therefore also βδ²: ξσ² = βδ²: βδ × πσ. Consequently ξσ² = βδ × πσ and βδ: ξσ = ξσ: πσ, therefore βδ: πσ = ξσ²: σπ².
But βδ: πσ = δα: ασ = θα: ασ, therefore also θα: ασ = ξσ²: σπ². On ξo con
Fig. 5. struct a plane perpendicular to αδ; this will intersect the segment of the right conoid in a circle
whose diameter is ξo and the cone in a circle whose diameter is πρ. Now because θα: ασ = ξσ²: σπ² and ξσ²: σπ² = the
circle with the diameter ξo: the circle with the diameter πρ, therefore θα: ασ = the circle whose diameter is ξo: the
circle whose diameter is πρ. Therefore the circle whose diameter is ξo will in its present position be in equilibrium
at the point α with the circle whose diameter is πρ when this is so transferred to θ on the scale-beam that θ is its
center of gravity. Now since σ is the center of gravity of the circle whose diameter is ξo in its present position, and
θ is the center of gravity of the circle whose diameter is πρ if its position is changed as we have said, and inversely
θα: ασ = the circle with the diameter ξo: the circle with the diameter πρ, then the circles are in equilibrium at the
point α. In the same way it can be shown that if another straight line is drawn in the parabola βγ and on this line
last drawn a plane is constructed perpendicular to αδ, the circle formed in the segment of the right conoid will in its
present position be in equilibrium at the point α with the circle formed in the cone, if the latter is transferred and
so arranged on the scale-beam at θ that θ is its center of gravity. Therefore if the segment and the cone are filled up
with circles, all circles in the segment will be in their present positions in equilibrium at the point α with all
circles of the cone if the latter are transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at the point θ that θ is their
center of gravity. Therefore also the segment of the right conoid in its present position will be in equilibrium at the
point α with the cone if it is transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at θ that θ is its center of gravity. Now
because the center of gravity of both magnitudes taken together is α, but that of the cone alone when its position is
changed is θ, then the center of gravity of the remaining magnitude lies on αθ extended towards α if ακ is cut off in
such a way that αθ: ακ = segment: cone. But the segment is one and one half the size of the cone, consequently αθ = 3/2
ακ and κ, the center of gravity of the right conoid, so divides αδ that the portion at the vertex of the segment is
twice as large as the remainder.
[The center of gravity of a hemisphere is so divided on its axis] that the portion near the surface of the hemisphere is in the ratio of 5: 3 to the remaining portion.
Let a sphere be cut by a plane through its center intersecting the surface in the circle αβγδ [Fig.6], αγ and βδ
being two diameters of the circle perpendicular to each other. Let a plane be constructed on βδ perpendicular to αγ.
Then imagine a cone whose base is the circle with the diameter βδ, whose vertex is at α and its lateral boundaries are
βα and αδ; let γα be produced so that αθ = γα, imagine the straight line θγ to be a scale-beam with its center at α and
in the semi-circle βαδ draw a straight line ξo βδ; let it cut the circumference of the semicircle in ξ and o, the
lateral boundaries of the cone in π and ρ, and αγ in. On ξo construct a plane perpendicular to α; it will intersect the
hemisphere in a circle with the diameter ξo, and the cone in a circle with the diameter πρ. Now because αγ: α = ξα²: α²
and ξα² = α² + ξ² and α = π, therefore αγ: α = ξ² + π²: π². But ξ² + π²: π² = the circle with the diameter ξo + the
circle with the diameter πρ: the circle with the diameter πρ, and γα = αθ, hence θα: α = the circle with the diameter
ξo + the circle with the diameter πρ: circle with the diameter πρ.
Fig. 6. Therefore the two circles whose diameters are ξo and πρ in their present position are in equilibrium at
the point α with the circle whose diameter is πρ if it is transferred and so arranged at θ that θ is its center of
gravity. Now since the center of gravity of the two circles whose diameters are ξo and πρ in their present position [is
the point, but of the circle whose diameter is πρ when its position is changed is the point θ, then θα: α = the circles
whose diameters are] ξo [,πρ: the circle whose diameter is πρ. In the same way if another straight line in the]
hemisphere βαδ [is drawn βδ and a plane is constructed] perpendicular to [αγ the] two [circles produced in the cone and
in the hemisphere are in their position] in equilibrium at α [with the circle which is produced in the cone] if it is
transferred and arranged on the scale at θ. [Now if] the hemisphere and the cone [are filled up with circles then all
circles in the] hemisphere and those [in the cone] will in their present position be in equilibrium [with all circles]
in the cone, if these are transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at θ that θ is their center of gravity;
[therefore the hemisphere and cone also] are in their position [in equilibrium at the point α] with the cone if it is
transferred and so arranged [on the scale-beam at θ] that θ is its center of gravity.
By [this method] it may also be perceived that [any segment whatever] of a sphere bears the same ratio to a cone
having the same [base] and axis [that the radius of the sphere + the axis of the opposite segment: the axis of the
opposite segment]. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. and [Fig. 7] on μν construct a plane
perpendicular to αγ; it will intersect the cylinder in a circle whose diameter is μν, the segment of the sphere in a
circle whose diameter is ξo and the cone whose base is the circle on the diameter ζ and whose vertex is at α in a
circle whose diameter is πρ. In the same way as before it may be shown that a circle whose diameter is μν is in its
present position in equilibrium at α with the two circles [whose diameters are ξo and πρ if they are so arranged on the
scale-beam that θ is their center of gravity. [And the same can be proved of all corresponding circles.] Now since
cylinder, cone, and spherical segment are filled up with such circles, the
Fig. 7. cylinder in its present position [will be in equilibrium at α] with the cone + the spherical segment if
they are transferred and attached to the scale-beam at θ. Divide αη at φ and χ so that αχ = χη and ηφ = 1/3 αφ; then χ
will be the center of gravity of the cylinder because it is the center of the axis αη. Now because the above mentioned
bodies are in equilibrium at α, cylinder: cone with the diameter of its base ζ + the spherical segment βαδ = θα: αχ.
And because ηα = 3ηφ then [γη × ηφ] = 1/3 αη × ηγ. Therefore also γη × ηφ = 1/3 βη². . . . . . .
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In the same way it may be perceived that any segment of an ellipsoid cut off by a perpendicular plane, bears the same ratio to a cone having the same base and the same axis, as half of the axis of the ellipsoid + the axis of the opposite segment bears to the axis of the opposite segment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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. . . produce αγ [Fig. 8] making αθ = αγ and γξ = the radius of the sphere; imagine γθ to be a scale-beam
with a center at α, and in the plane cutting off the segment inscribe a circle with its center at η and its radius =
αη; on this circle construct a cone with its vertex at α and its lateral boundaries α and αζ. Then draw a straight line
κλ ζ; let it cut the circumference of the segment at κ and λ, the lateral boundaries of the cone α ζ at ρ and o and αγ
at π. Now because αγ: απ = ακ²: απ² and κα² = απ² + πκ² and απ² = πo² (since also αη² = η² ), then γα: απ = κπ² + πo²:
oπ². But κπ² + πo²: πo² = the circle with the diameter κλ + the circle with the diameter oρ: the circle with the
diameter oρ and γα = αθ; therefore θα: απ = the circle with the diameter κλ + the circle with the diameter oρ: the
circle with the diameter oρ. Now since the circle with the diameter κλ + the circle with the diameter oρ: the circle
with the diameter oρ = αθ: πα, let the circle with the diameter oρ be transferred and
Fig. 8. so arranged on the scale-beam at θ that θ is its center of gravity; then θα: απ = the circle with the
diameter κλ + the circle with the diameter oρ in their present positions: the circle with the diameter oρ if it is
transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at θ that θ is its center of gravity. Therefore the circles in the
segment βαδ and in the cone α ζ are in equilibrium at α with that in the cone α ζ. And in the same way all circles in
the segment βαδ and in the cone α ζ in their present positions are in equilibrium at the point α with all circles in
the cone α ζ if they are transferred and so arranged on the scate-beam at θ that θ is their center of gravity; then
also the spherical segment αβδ and the cone α ζ in their present positions are in equilibrium at the point α with the
cone αζ if it is transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at θ that θ is its center of gravity. Let the cyIinder
μν equal the cone whose base is the circle with the diameter ζ and whose vertex is at α and let αη be so divided at φ
that αη = 4φη; then φ is the center of gravity of the cone αζ as has been previously proved. Moreover let the cylinder
μν be so cut by a perpendicularly intersecting plane that the cylinder μ is in equilibrium with the cone αζ. Now since
the segment αβδ + the cone αζ in their present positions are in equilibrium at α with the cone αζ if it is transferred
and so arranged on the scale-beam at θ that θ is its center of gravity, and cylinder μν = cone αζ and the two cylinders
μ + ν are moved to θ and μν is in equilibrium with both bodies, then will also the cylinder ν be in equilibrium with
the segment of the sphere at the point α. And since the spherical segment βαδ: the cone whose base is the circle with
the diameter βδ, and whose vertex is at α = ξη: ηγ (for this has previously been proved [De sph. et cyl. II, 2
Coroll.]) and cone βαδ: cone αζ = the circle with the diameter βδ: the circle with the diameter ζ = βη²: η², and βη² =
γη × ηα, η² = ηα², and γη × ηα: ηα² = γη: ηα, therefore cone βαδ: cone αζ = γη: ηα. But we have shown that cone βαδ:
segment βαδ = γη: ηξ, hence δι’ ισου segment βαδ: cone αζ = ξη: ηα. And because αχ: χη = ηα + 4ηγ: αη + 2ηγ so
inversely ηχ: χα = 2γη + ηα: 4γη + ηα and by addition ηα: αχ = 6γη + 2ηα: ηα + 4ηγ. But ηξ = 1/4 (6ηγ + 2ηα) and γφ =
1/4 (4ηγ +ηα); for that is evident. Hence ηα: αχ = ξη: γφ, consequently also ξη: ηα = γφ: χα. But it was also
demonstrated that ξη: ηα = the segment whose vertex is at α and whose base is the circle with the diameter βδ: the cone
whose vertex is at α and whose base is the circle with the diameter ζ; hence segment βαδ: cone αζ = γφ: χα. And since
the cylinder μ is in equilibrium with the cone αζ at α, and θ is the center of gravity of the cylinder while φ is that
of the cone αζ, then cone αζ: cylinder μ = θα: αφ = γα: αφ. But cylinder μν = cone αζ; hence by subtraction, cylinder
μ: cylinder ν = αφ: γφ. And cylinder μν = cone αζ; hence cone αζ: cylinder ν = γα: γφ = θα: γφ. But it was also
demonstrated that segment βαδ: cone αζ = γφ: χα; hence δι’ ισου segment βαδ: cylinder ν = ζα: αχ. And it was
demonstrated that segment βαδ is in equilibrium at α with the cylinder ν and θ is the center of gravity of the cylinder
ν, consequently the point χ is also the center of gravity of the segment βαδ.
In a similar way it can also be perceived that the center of gravity of any segment of an ellipsoid lies on the straight line which is the axis of the segment so divided that the portion at the vertex of the segment bears the same ratio to the remaining portion as the axis of the segment + 4 times the axis of the opposite segment bears to the axis of the segment + twice the axis of the opposite segment.
It can also be seen by this method that [a segment of a hyperboloid] bears the same ratio to a cone having the same base and axis as the segment, that the axis of the segment + 3 times the addition to the axis bears to the axis of the segment of the hyperboloid + twice its addition [De Conoid. 25]; and that the center of gravity of the hyperboloid so divides the axis that the part at the vertex bears the same ratio to the rest that three times the axis + eight times the addition to the axis bears to the axis of the hyperboloid + 4 times the addition to the axis, and many other points which I will leave aside since the method has been made clear by the examples already given and only the demonstrations of the above given theorems remain to be stated.
When in a perpendicular prism with square bases a cylinder is inscribed whose bases lie in opposite squares and whose curved surface touches the four other parallelograms, and when a plane is passed through the center of the circle which is the base of the cylinder and one side of the opposite square, then the body which is cut off by this plane [from the cylinder] will be 1/6 of the entire prism. This can be perceived through the present method and when it is so warranted we will pass over to the geometrical proof of it.
Fig. 9.
Fig. 10.
Imagine a perpendicular prism with square bases and a cylinder inscribed in the prism in the way we have described. Let the prism be cut through the axis by a plane perpendicular to the plane which cuts off the section of the cylinder; this will intersect the prism containing the cylinder in the parallelogram αβ [Fig. 9] and the common intersecting line of the plane which cuts off the section of the cylinder and the plane lying through the axis perpendicular to the one cutting off the section of the cylinder will be βγ; let the axis of the cylinder and the prism be γδ which is bisected at right angles by ζ and on ζ let a plane be constructed perpendicular to γδ. This will intersect the prism in a square and the cylinder in a circle. Now let the intersection of the prism be the square μν [Fig. 10], that of the cylinder, the circle ξoπρ and let the circle touch the sides of the square at the points ξ, o, π and ρ; let the common line of intersection of the plane cutting off the cylinder-section and that passing through ζ perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder, be κλ; this line is bisected by πθξ. In the semicircle oπρ draw a straight line στ perpendicular to πχ, on στ construct a plane perpendicular to ξπ and produce it to both sides of the plane enclosing the circle ξoπρ; this will intersect the half-cylinder whose base is the semicircle oπρ and whose altitude is the axis of the prism, in a parallelogram one side of which = στ and the other = the vertical boundary of the cylinder, and it will intersect the cylinder-section likewise in a parallelogram of which one side is στ and the other μν [Fig. 9]; and accordingly μν will be drawn in the parallelogram δ βω and will cut off ι = πχ. Now because γ is a parallelogram and νι θγ, and θ and βγ cut the parallels, therefore θ: θι = ωγ: γν = βω: υν. But βω: υν = parallelogram in the half-cylinder: parallelogram in the cylinder-section, therefore both parallelograms have the same side στ; and θ = θπ, ιθ = χθ; and since πθ = θξ therefore θξ: θχ = parallelogram in half-cylinder: parallelogram in the cylinder-section. lmagine the parallelogram in the cylinder-section transferred and so brought to ξ that ξ is its center of gravity, and further imagine πξ to be a scale-beam with its center at θ; then the parallelogram in the half-cylinder in its present position is in equilibrium at the point θ with the parallelogram in the cylinder-section when it is transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at ξ that ξ is its center of gravity. And since χ is the center of gravity in the parallelogram in the half-cylinder, and ξ that of the parallelogram in the cylinder-section when its position is changed, and ξθ: θχ = the parallelogram whose center of gravity is χ: the parallelogram whose center of gravity is ξ, then the parallelogram whose center of gravity is χ will be in equilibrium at θ with the parallelogram whose center of gravity is ξ. In this way it can be proved that if another straight line is drawn in the semicircle oπρ perpendicular to πθ and on this straight line a plane is constructed perpendicular to πθ and is produced towards both sides of the plane in which the circle ξoπρ lies, then the parallelogram formed in the half-cylinder in its present position will be in equilibrium at the point θ with the parallelogram formed in the cylinder-section if this is transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at ξ that ξ is its center of-gravity; therefore also all parallelograms in the half-cylinder in their present positions will be in equilibrium at the point θ with all parallelograms of the cylinder-section if they are transferred and attached to the scale-beam at the point ξ; consequently also the half-cylinder in its present position will be in equilibrium at the point θ with the cylinder-section if it is transferred and so arranged on the scale-beam at ξ that ξ is its center of gravity.
Let the parallelogram μν be perpendicular to the axis [of the circle] ξo [πρ] [Fig. 11]. Draw θμ and θη and erect
upon them two planes perpendicular to the plane in which the semicircle oπρ lies and extend these planes on both sides.
The result is a prism whose base is a triangle similar to θμη and whose altitude is equal to the axis of the cylinder,
and this prism is 1/4 of the entire prism which contains the cylinder. In the semicircle oπρ and in the square μν draw
two straight lines κλ and τ υ at equal distances from πξ; these will cut the circumference of the semicircle oπρ at the
points κ and τ, the diameter oρ at σ and ζ and the straight lines θη and θμ at φ and χ. Upon κλ and τ υ construct two
planes perpendicular to oρ and extend them towards both sides of the plane in which lies the circle ξoπρ; they will
intersect the half-cylinder whose base is the semicircle oπρ and whose altitude is that of the cylinder, in a
parallelogram one side of which = κσ and the other = the axis of the cylinder; and they will intersect the prism θημ
likewise in a parallelogram one side of which is
Fig. 11. equal to λχ and the other equal to the axis, and in the same way the half-cylinder in a parallelogram
one side of which = τ ζ and the other = the axis of the cylinder, and the prism in a parallelogram one side of which =
νφ and the other = the axis of the cylinder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Let the square αβγδ [Fig. 12] be the base of a perpendicular prism with square bases and let a cylinder be inscribed
in the prism whose base is the circle ζηθ which touches the sides of the parallelogram αβγδ at, ζ, η, and θ. Pass a
plane through its center and the side in the square opposite the square αβγδ corresponding to the side γδ; this will
cut off from the whole prism a second prism which is 1/4 the size of the whole prism and which will be bounded by three
parallelograms and two opposite triangles. In the semicircle ζη describe a parabola whose origin is η and whose axis is
ζκ, and in the parallelogram δη draw μν∥κζ; this will cut the circumference of the semicircle at ξ, the parabola at λ,
and μν × νλ = νζ² (for this is evident [Apollonios, Con. I, 11]). Therefore μν: νλ = κη²: λσ². Upon μν construct a
plane parallel to η; this will intersect the prism cut off from the whole prism in a right-angled triangle one side of
which is μν and the other a straight line in the plane upon γδ perpendicular to γδ at ν and equal to the axis of the
cylinder, but whose hypotenuse is in the intersecting plane. It will intersect the portion which is cut off from the
cylinder by the
Fig. 12. plane passed through η and the side of the square opposite the side γδ in a right-angled triangle one
side of which is μξ and the other a straight line drawn in the surface of the cylinder perpendicular to the plane κν,
and the hypotenuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and all the triangles in the
prism: all the triangles in the cylinder-section = all the straight lines in the parallelogram δη: all the straight
lines between the parabola and the straight line η. And the prism consists of the triangles in the prism, the
cylinder-section of those in the cylinder-section, the parallelogram δη of the straight lines in the parallelogram
δη∥κζ and the segment of the parabola of the straight lines cut off by the parabola and the straight line η; hence
prism: cylinder-section = parallelogram ηδ: segment ζη that is bounded by the parabola and the straight line η. But the
parallelogram δη = 3/2 the segment bounded by the parabola and the straight line η as indeed has been shown in the
previously published work, hence also the prism is equal to one and one half times the cylinder-section. Therefore when
the cylinder-section = 2, the prism = 3 and the whole prism containing the cylinder equals 12, because it is four times
the size of the other prism; hence the cylinder-section is equal to 1/6 of the prism, Q. E. D.
[Inscribe a cylinder in] a perpendicular prism with square bases [and let it be cut by a plane passed through the center of the base of the cylinder and one side of the opposite square.] Then this plane will cut off a prism from the whole prism and a portion of the cylinder from the cylinder. It may be proved that the portion cut off from the cylinder by the plane is one-sixth of the whole prism. But first we will prove that it is possible to inscribe a solid figure in the cylinder-section and to circumscribe another composed of prisms of equal altitude and with similar triangles as bases, so that the circumscribed figure exceeds the inscribed less than any given magnitude. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
But it has been shown that the prism cut off by the inclined plane < 3/2 the body inscribed in the cylinder-section. Now the prism cut off by the inclined plane: the body inscribed in the cylinder-section = parallelogram δη: the parallelograms which are inscribed in the segment bounded by the parabola and the straight line η. Hence the parallelogram δη < 3/2 the parallelograms in the segment bounded by the parabola and the straight line η. But this is impossible because we have shown elsewhere that the parallelogram δη is one and one half times the segment bounded by the parabola and the straight line η, consequently is. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . not greater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. ..
And all prisms in the prism cut off by the inclined plane: all prisms in the figure described around the cylinder-section = all parallelograms in the parallelogram δη: all parallelograms in the figure which is described around the segment bounded by the parabola and the straight line η, i. e., the prism cut off by the inclined plane: the figure described around the cylinder-section = parallelogram δη: the figure bounded by the parabola and the straight line η. But the prism cut off by the inclined plane is greater than one and one half times the solid figure circumscribed around the cylinder-section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..
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