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The First Six Books of The Elements of Euclid

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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 1847)
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I bought this book on impulse, on the grounds that it was beautiful and surprisingly inexpensive. It then sat unread on the top shelf of our science and mathematics bookcase for several years; but I've recently become interested in geometry, thanks to the good offices of our mathematician friend T, and this week I finally opened it. I finished it in a few days.

The book consists of a facsimile of Oliver Byrne's unusual 1847 edition of Euclid's first six books, followed by a long critical essay by
G.R. Reader
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hot tip for anyone reading this who's currently sleeping with a math geek: give your lover a copy of Oliver Byrne, and you will get good sex. Though not immediately.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
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. ...more
Jake Cooper
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, reference
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.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of Euclid's proofs and constructions demonstrated with colourful diagrams. A gorgeous book.
Satenik Petrossian
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read the first four books.
Fun to read, However, the language gets too verbose sometimes, and relying solely on colored diagrams is partly to blame.
Also, there is a good online reproduction available here :
I think it doesn't make much sense to read Euclid on it's own these days, and so I'm planning on reading Geometry: Euclid and Beyond For a modern interpretation of what I'd just read. But I'm not sure if it's worthwhile to spend that much time on Classical
Paulo De Melo
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can use all pages to decorate your house.... If all math books had this quality....
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Lior Silberman, Assistant Professor, Mathematics recommends . . .
First six books of of the elements of Euclid by Euclid

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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.
Omar Rodriguez-Rodriguez
Great edition & great art. Euclid's books are greatly transformed by Oliver Byrne's illustrations. The accompanying text explaining the reception at the time (1856) of this book was a very illuminating read. ...more
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Looking forward to getting re-acquainted with my 5th grade math class and Miss Veronica Piper!
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