The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements, Volume 2

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Dover Publications, 1956 - Mathematics - 464 pages
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Volume 2 of 3-volume set containing complete English text of all 13 books of the Elements plus critical analysis of each definition, postulate, and proposition. Covers textual and linguistic matters; mathematical analyses of Euclid's ideas; classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern commentators; refutations, supports, extrapolations, reinterpretations and historical notes. Vol. 2 includes Books III-IX: Circles, relationships, rectilineal figures.

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

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I read this, "proved" most of the propositions, and understood about 1/3 of it. Read full review

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

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I read this because it got a name check in 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'. Sadly my brain was too small. Plugged through to the end though, which felt pretty virtuous... Read full review

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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.