Professor of Classics
Professor of Philosophy, by courtesy
Netz's main field is the history of pre-modern mathematics. His research involves the wider issues of the history of cognitive practices, e.g. visual culture, the history of the book, and literacy and numeracy. His books from Cambridge University Press include The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics: a Study in Cognitive History (1999, Runciman Award), The Transformation of Early Mediterranean Mathematics: From Problems to Equations (2004), Ludic Proof: Greek Mathematics and the Alexandrian Aesthetic (2009) and Scale, Space and Canon in Ancient Literary Culture (in Press).
He is also the author of the translation and commentary of the works of Archimedes, also with CUP, a multi-volume work of which two have appeared, The Two Books on Sphere and Cylinder (2004) and Spiral Lines (2017). Together with Nigel Wilson and others he published The Archimedes Palimpsest, a two-volume publication with complete transcription of the text of Archimedes (CUP, 2011) and a separate edition of the Method, Floating Bodies and the Stomachion is now forthcoming. His popular book on the Archimedes Palimpsest Project, The Archimedes Codex, (co-authored with William Noel, Neumann Prize) was published by Widenfeld and Nicolson, 2007, and is translated into 20 languages.
Related to his research in cognitive history is his interest in ecological history, and he has published Barbed Wire: an Ecology of Modernity (Wesleyan University Press, 2004, finalist for PEN award). Reviel Netz is also a poet (two published volumes of poetry: Adayin Bahuc, 1999, Quatrains, 2016), one of a group of Hebrew poets active today whose work revives formal verse. He is the co-author, together with his wife, the Israeli author Maya Arad, of a collection of essays on Israeli literature, Positions of Stress (Meqom Hata'am, 2008 Axuzat Bayit: Tel Aviv).