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Euclid's Elements

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Green Lion Press has prepared a new one-volume edition of T.L. Heath's translation of the thirteen books of Euclid's Elements. In keeping with Green Lion's design commitment, diagrams have been placed on every spread for convenient reference while working through the proofs; running heads on every page indicate both Euclid's book number and proposition numbers for that pag ...more
Paperback, 499 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Green Lion Press (first published -290)
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Jul 30, 2007 Greg rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those with a pulse.
I am rating this primarily to boost its 4.64 average rating. I feel ridiculous reviewing it.
This book is good, and people with cerebral cortexes know that.
For reference, one person who gave it one star gave Allan Moore's "Watchmen" "graphic novel" (read: comic book) 4 stars.
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If this book is not perfection, I am not sure what perfection entails.

The Elements is one of the ten most important, if not best, books ever written. There is no better course in deductive logic, much less geometry.
May 03, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
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"Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare." --Edna St. Vincent Millay

This is a statement I believe more strongly as I experience more of Euclid's propositions for myself. Before encountering Euclid, I had never considered mathematics to be something beautiful. Now, however, the sheer logical clarity with which Euclid attempts to grapple with the principles of the world around him actually brings tears to my eyes. From how he uses the idea of equality as a foundation for everything else to how he p
May 01, 2016 Lotz rated it really liked it
Euclid’s Elements is one of the oldest surviving works of mathematics, and the very oldest that uses an axiomatic framework. As such, it is a landmark in the history of Western thought, and has proven so enduring that the Elements has been used nearly continuously since being written, only recently falling out of favor.

Not much is known about Euclid, other than that he must have been an unparalleled genius. Nothing about his personality can be gleaned from this book either, other than that he wa
Adam Braus
Nov 19, 2009 Adam Braus rated it it was amazing
Geometry is not a given, it is a mystery.

Euclid invites the modern reader to rethink what a book is, and how we might have related to math differently as a child in school if The Elements had been our textbooks. What are the elements that the title refers to? What are the complexes that the elements make up?

You cannot just read this book, I would suggest demonstrating the proofs one by one on a board in front of peers, then discussing each one.

I have read a lot of books, this book is the most in
Feb 25, 2014 Zelda rated it it was amazing
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Update: Again, I find myself starting with the disclaimer that I did not actually read this in its entirety. And I never meant to. My goal was to work through the first four books and that I have done. Can I honestly say that I enjoyed it and am glad I did it. Yes, I really can. Not sure that it makes me a better or wiser person but it makes me SOUND like a better and wiser person when I get to say things like, "Oh, yes. It is like that time I worked through Book 3 of Euclid's 'Elements'..." Tha ...more
Sep 14, 2008 Alexander rated it it was amazing
I never really began to understand mathematics until I encountered Euclid. If I had had this book as a child, I feel like my eyes would have been opened to a lot more than they were.

Euclid's Elements is the foundation of geometry and number theory. There is no long-winded explanation; instead, from a set of 23 definitions, 5 postulates, and 5 common notions, Euclid lays out 13 books of geometrical proofs. In each proof, he asserts a mathematical truth or asserts that a geometrical construction i
Valentin Chirosca
Dec 09, 2012 Valentin Chirosca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Often called the Father of Geometry, Euclid was a Greek mathematician living during the reign of Ptolemy I around 300 BC. Within his foundational textbook "Elements," Euclid presents the results of earlier mathematicians and includes many of his own theories in a systematic, concise book that utilized meticulous proofs and a brief set of axioms to solidify his deductions. In addition to its easily referenced geometry, "Elements" also includes number theory and other mathematical considerations.

Apr 07, 2011 Clint rated it it was amazing
In order to fully enjoy Euclid, you must first completely rid yourself of preconceptions about the world of mathematics. Euclid sets up his postulates and from there he proves what he needs to prove. There is very much a sense of wonder and excitement in reading Euclid. He proves things that we would never think to prove and he does so in a completely logical and beautiful way. With a climactic end in which he proves that the five Platonic solids - the cube, octahedron, tetrahedron, icosahedron, ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
The original bible of geometry! Plato had an inscription above the entrance to his Academy: "Let no man enter here who is ignorant of geometry." From Plato's time to the 20th century, Euclid's "Elements" was the gold-standard for learning this most basic of the mathematical disciplines. When you read it, you will understand why. Every proof and every construction is worked out meticulously, step-by-step, such that there is zero doubt about the final result. Required reading for all truly educate ...more
Aug 23, 2016 Dahlia rated it it was amazing
Most exquisite.
Dec 30, 2008 Peter marked it as to-read
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Wikipedia: "Euclid's Elements is the most successful and influential textbook ever written." Sounds promising :]
May 18, 2013 JP rated it it was amazing
Quite a thorough work. From reading this masterpiece and cornerstone of geometry, one can understand how impressive the original development was as a human achievement. Euclid wrote his Elements around 300 BC. He was one of Plato's younger students, but older than Archimedes. The 13 books of his Elements cover angles, line segments, triangles, rectangles, squares, the irrational numbers, parallelagrams, parallelapipeds, spheres, cones, and polygons. He gives a full treatment of area and never qu ...more
Mar 11, 2010 Jeremy added it
Okay, so Euclid is hugely important because he more or less originated the idea of a closed, axiomatic system of thought, the sort of thing that would go on to influence people like Vico and Spinoza, not to mention pretty much every mathematician who ever lived. Reading the Elements is about as exciting as reading a cookbook. You start with these parts, mix them together in this way, and get this whole. This way of thinking is probably too heavily ingrained into our mindsets after all these mill ...more
Luis Uribe
Aug 22, 2016 Luis Uribe rated it it was amazing
I tried to get through Elements in high school at the insistence of Fr. Rathmusen. Geometric construction was huge at Don Bosco Tech as were geometric proofs. I'm much more appreciative of the work today. It puts you in a very logical, regimented frame of mind; an essential for mathematics. This particular edition has notes, clear graphics comments that clarify the 19th century language nuances. This is a beautiful edition of a pillar of literature and science.
Dec 31, 2015 Elazar rated it really liked it
Jul 05, 2015 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is NOT a light read. It is painful to wrap your head around the proofs (at least it was for me). But it is an amazing example of how logic can support a foundation worthy of the structure of society. I mean this literally in the case of engineering and metaphorically in the case of being wise to logical fallacies of politics and marketing.

I enjoyed the "thrill of recognition" as I saw the "givens" I used in working my proofs way back in my High School geometry class. They are "given" becaus
Sarah Locke
Oct 16, 2013 Sarah Locke rated it really liked it
I had a college honors course that was based purely off of Euclid's Elements. This is what we used as our textbook. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and reading through some of Euclid's famous proofs.
Oct 10, 2007 Johannes rated it it was amazing
Sometimes when I'm maximizing production functions I weep bitterly and think of my time with this book.
Jan 01, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing
All great minds have found fascination in the books of Euclid.
Constantine Ronquillo
Dec 05, 2011 Constantine Ronquillo rated it really liked it
... the answers are within the pages of this manual..
Aug 14, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it
Periodically, I revisit books of my youth. Usually an old biography I first read in sixth grade, or perhaps one of the many Discworld stories.

This is an easily-navigated book of Euclid's
propositions I lacked access to in my youth but enjoyed reading as an adult.

Going "back to the basics" is not only a reminiscent activity for this nostalgic reader -- it is way to read new understanding into a subject I never truly understood. Now, to find something similar for dialectical method?
Apr 30, 2016 Al rated it liked it
I can't very well review Euclid, so these are my impressions reading this work, and my opinion of the translation. I did find the book clear and simple, following a natural progression. I'm not very good at any math, but Euclid was not hard to follow, with a little concentration. Euclid teaches the elementary propositions of geometry, as well as showing the reader what the geometric method is. The first half deals mainly with triangles and the conditions of congruence; the second half deals with ...more
Timothy Nichols
Feb 08, 2014 Timothy Nichols rated it it was amazing
Studying Euclid is one of the classical gateways to learning to think logically and clearly, learning to articulate all the steps in an argument. There are, of course, many more means of persuasion than logical argument -- but for ingraining the habits of logical argument, Euclid has few, if any, equals. For those who struggle with the modern way of learning geometry, Euclid may offer an attractive alternative, because instead of memorizing a plethora of formulas, you learn step by step how to t ...more
Jace Davies
Apr 16, 2014 Jace Davies rated it it was amazing
Save this one for after you've surveyed both geometry and logic in formal study. Its ideas are, frankly, transcendent. I would wager that no work of art has inspired delight so consistently through the ages as the Elements. Plane geometry is poetry for the higher orders of the mind.
Dale Bryant
May 31, 2014 Dale Bryant marked it as to-read
One of the recommend "great" books.
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Feb 16, 2016 Home Made Science rated it it was amazing
"Read" and "always reading"
Jan 30, 2016 Hope rated it really liked it
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Sep 09, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing
Personally, I think this is the best way to learn geometry. I have never been able to plug numbers into formula and accept the answers on blind faith. Euclid makes you know what you are doing and why. Everything is founded on his axioms. Instead of learning simply how to compute, you are taught the philosophy and logic behind the calculations; you learn math instead of just computing. It is similar to Newton's Principia. You are told why you calculate; not just how to calculate formulas.
Dec 24, 2013 Mike marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I'll be honest, I never actually started reading this, or even finished the introduction. :) But I did want to have a copy in the house. In any case I'll stop lying about it now and move onto something I will read, like The Feynman Lectures on Physics...
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Euclid (Ancient Greek: Εὐκλείδης Eukleidēs -- "Good Glory", ca. 365-275 BC) also known as Euclid of Alexandria, was a Greek mathematician, often referred to as the "Father of Geometry". He was active in Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy I (323–283 BC). His Stoicheia (Elements) is a 13-volume exploration all corners of mathematics, based on the works of, inter alia, Aristotle, Eudoxus of Cnidu ...more
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