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Six Books of Euclid

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A rare and beautiful geometry primer from the 19th century

Red, yellow, blue – and of course black – are the colours that Oliver Byrne employs for the figures and diagrams in his most unusual 1847 edition of Euclid, published by William Pickering and printed by Chiswick Press, and which prompt the surprised reader to think of Mondrian. The author makes it clear in his subti
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Taschen (first published January 17th 2007)
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Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Easily the most beautiful math book I own (sorry, Annotated Flatland). A stunning example of what can be done with lines and logic. One of the foundational achievements of our species presented with true elegance. Worth it for any single diagram, though the essays are pitch-perfect as well. Go buy this book right now.
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Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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this book is a series of math proofs from two thousand years ago -- no explanations, few words. it isn't for reading. it's a work of art, an homage to a 19th century printing feat, and the most important text in math. but don't get it to read.
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Lior Silberman, Assistant Professor, Mathematics recommends . . .
First six books of of the elements of Euclid by Euclid

Why is this a favourite book?

This has been the standard "introduction to mathematics" book for more than two thousand years, a marvel of cultural continuity. Then as now it furnishes one of the cornerstones of a general education. I also think of it as the connecting thread of research mathematics, showing that today's modern discipline is the same one studied in Greece 2300 yea
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
A reissue by Taschen of a book from 1847 by Oliver Byrne in which the proofs of theorems by Euclid are given in few words and a lot of nice figures with colours turning the book in a Mondriaan one. Unfortunately character recognition went wrong and 80% of the letters "s" is printed as "f", very disturbing. Shame on Taschen who should have made more effort to make this book amusing. A 5-star for Byrne, but due to Taschen it becomes a 2-star book.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Clever, gorgeous, inspiring, personal, mondrianesque.

Science, art, and love.

I wish to print all pages of this book and hang them on my hallway wall.
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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