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The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 1 (Dover Books on Mathematics) 2nd , Kindle Edition
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There are several renditions of this work on the web (on which is works very well, because you can design interactive diagrams that illustrate the concepts admirably) but there's nothing like holding the real thing in your hands.
This classic translation is more footnote and commentary than body (you don't actually see anything by Euclid himself until half way in), but that's probably the way it should be. Heath gathered up everything that had been written about Euclid's work, extracted the juice and presented it as the definitive Euclid experience. Yes, his style's clothy and arguably over-academic, but then this translation is a century old. Maybe it needs updating and made more street, nah-mean innit, nome sane? but don't let that put you off.
Geometry *can* be a tricky subject to get your head round, but don't let all the horror stories of your ancestors' sufferings in schools throughout the centuries make you think that geometry in itself is torture. You never know, you may discover some geometric theorems of your very own. I did.
Oh yes, and there's another two volumes of this - but these first two books, comprising this first volume, are undoubtedly the greatest books of mathematics ever written.
When we come to the actual theorems the amount of detail is just as impressive - references to earlier results are annotated, and textual variations are noted (especially where the proofs may have been amended by later writers in an attempt to correct gaps). In many cases alternative proofs are given - sometimes several different ones, with the history and references for each.
In the first book the author leads the reader to Pythagoras theorem. Just as every statement Euclid makes is essential to the proof, every proof is essential to the book's goal. The clarity and beauty of this book is something to behold
Heath's commentary is a very interesting complement. He provides alternative ancient and modern proofs as well as notes on the historical development of the mathematics.
A word of warning - this book took me about six months to read. I was unable to follow the book without following the proofs with a compass, ruler etc. However, if you are prepared to put in the time the rewards are considerable.
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Arrived on time, and is as advertised.
an added bonus in this addition is the inclusion of the original 'literal' translation, as will as a more modern version.
This book really helped me in my maths geometry classes at uni. I would definitely recommend, easy to read and very explanatory.Published on 10 Sept. 2013 by Steph Mwell
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