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Methodus inveniendi lineas curvas maximi minimive proprietate gaudentes, sive solutio problematis isoperimetrici latissimo sensu accepti. Reprint of the 1744 Orig. (Latin) Zbl 0788.01072
Barcelona: Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. Barcelona: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 322 p. (1993).
The Colección “Clásicos de las ciencias” is a Spanish analogue to the well-known German collection of source texts Ostwalds Klassiker der exakten Wissenschaften, with the main difference that, along with a translation, an introduction and notes, the original texts are also reprinted in a separate volume. After Galileo’s New Science and Heinrich Hertz’ work on electromagnetic waves, these two volumes (the reprint of the Latin text and the annotated Spanish translation) constitute number 3 of the Colección. They include chapters 1, 2 and 5 of Euler’s Methodus inveniendi lineas curvas maximi minimive proprietate gaudentes of 1744 and its appendices A (“De curvis elasticis”) and B (“De motu projectorum in medio non resistente”). This monograph, that is considered as the foundation of the calculus of variations, has been completely edited in 1952 as volume I, 24 of Euler’s Opera omnia, along with a substantial introduction by Constantin Carathéodory. With this selection, the most important chapters of Euler’s treatise are now easily available to mathematicians and historians of mathematics familiar with the Spanish language.

01A75 Collected or selected works; reprintings or translations of classics