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Yes, before Tartagalia, Europe had experienced a dark age in culture and science (the Middle Ages) over a thousand years. So it was natural for scholars at that time to think they were inferior to Greeks. Tartagalia was in the period of Renaissance that marked resurrection of art and scientific activities from the golden ages of Greeks science and knowledge ...


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I beg to differ with Conifold's answer, and say that in this case the truth is more likely, that we do know why, reasonably well. There are at least two strong practical reasons to study conics, besides the mathematical interest per se, both from physics, precisely optics and acoustics. We do know that the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria had a parabolic ...


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