The thirteen books of Euclid's Elements

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Dover Publications, 1956 - Mathematics - 546 pages
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Volume 1 of 3-volume set containing complete English text of all 13 books of the Elements plus critical apparatus analyzing each definition, postulate and proposition in great detail. Covers textual and linguistic matters; mathematical analyses of Euclid's ideas; commentators; refutations, supports, extrapolations, reinterpretations and historical notes. Includes 2,500 years of critical commentary. Total in set: 995 figures.

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I have always wanted this collection, but over the years I purchased other books instead. When our church moved into our current digs, this entire collection was hidden away in a back room and covered ... Read full review

Review: The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 1 (The Elements #1)

User Review  - Dianna Caley - Goodreads

This was fun to read. I haven't done proofs since high school. I forgot how much fun they are. Read full review

Contents

DEFINITIONS
260
HISTORICAL NOTE
365
HISTORICAL NOTE
438
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About the author (1956)

Little is known about the life of Euclid, an important Greek mathematician. He lived at Alexandria, in the time of the first Ptolemy, 323-283 B.C. He was the founder of a school of mathematics there. Euclid's compilation of the major results of ancient geometry in a comprehensive axiomatic framework remains a classic and easily the most influential scientific work of all time. Beginning with definitions, axioms, and postulates, the Elements deduces hundreds of general theorems about plane and solid geometry, including the famous Pythagorean theorem. It is claimed that, when asked by King Ptolemy if he could make his solutions easier to follow, Euclid said, "There is no royal road to geometry," In 1570, Sir Henry Billingsley first translated the Elements into English.