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1. Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math by Alex Bellos | |
Hardcover: 336
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(2010-06-15)
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Editorial Review Product Description Whether writing about how algebra solved Swedish traffic problems, visiting the Mental Calculation World Cup to disclose the secrets of lightning calculation, or exploring the links between pineapples and beautiful teeth, Bellos is a wonderfully engaging guide who never fails to delight even as he edifies. Here’s Looking at Euclid is a rare gem that brings the beauty of math to life. Customer Reviews (16)
Great book - awful formatting!
wonderfully entertaining
Great book, but layout is horrible on Kindle
Interesting
Much better books are available |
2. Euclid's Elements by T.L. Heath Translation | |
Paperback: 527
Pages
(2002-08-20)
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Nice Presentation, but not the whole stroy
Excellent Translation
Review from a Greek who has read Ta Stoixeia(The Elements) in Greek.
What more can be said?
There aren't enough stars |
3. Euclid's Window : The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow | |
Paperback: 320
Pages
(2002-04-09)
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Editorial Review Product Description Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology. Based on Mlodinow's extensive historical research; his studies alongside colleagues such as Richard Feynman and Kip Thorne; and interviews with leading physicists and mathematicians such as Murray Gell-Mann, Edward Witten, and Brian Greene, Euclid's Window is an extraordinary blend of rigorous, authoritative investigation and accessible, good-humored storytelling that makes a stunningly original argument asserting the primacy of geometry. For those who have looked through Euclid's Window, no space, no thing, and no time will ever be quite the same. This is not just a history of geometry--it's a timeline of reason andabstraction, with all the major players present: Euclid, Descartes, Gauss,Einstein, and Witten, each represented by a minibiography. Lots of examples pepper the narrative to help readers achieve their own"eureka!" And it's impossible not to be staggered at the mathematical featsof these geniuses, accomplished as many of them were in the absence ofanything but observation and intense thought. Each story buildssatisfactorily on the last, until at the end of this delightful book, onehas a sense of having climbed a peak of understanding. A working knowledge of basic geometry is helpful but not essential forenjoying Euclid's Window, and Mlodinow's chatty style lends itselfremarkably well to explaining these deep and revolutionary concepts.--Adam Fisher Customer Reviews (57)
Entertaining Book, Though Most of Its Coverage Isn't Unique
Biographical history of particle physics
fabulous!
"The book of nature is written in mathematics" Galileo
Euclid's Window - A highly enjoyable walk through the Math Timeline! |
4. The Mathematicall Praeface to Elements of Geometrie of Euclid of Megara by John Dee | |
Paperback: 72
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(2010-07-12)
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5. The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 1: Books 1-2 by Thomas L. Heath, Euclid | |
Paperback: 464
Pages
(1956-06-01)
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Editorial Review Product Description Volume 1 of 3-volume set containing complete English text of all 13 books of the Elements plus critical apparatus analyzing each definition, postulate, and proposition in great detail. Covers textual and linguistic matters; mathematical analyses of Euclid's ideas; commentators; refutations, supports, extrapolations, reinterpretations and historical notes. Vol. 1 includes Introduction, Books 1-2: Triangles, rectangles. Customer Reviews (20)
Extensive copy!
Great book on the foundation for Geometry
The Fundamentals of Math AND Philosophy
A classic, but don't try to learn geometry from Euclid
Profoundly humbling. |
6. The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 2: Books 3-9 by Thomas L. Heath, Euclid | |
Paperback: 464
Pages
(1956-06-01)
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books 3-9, not 3-4
Euclid's Elements Volume 2
Classic = Elegant, if not for the notation! Aside from that the book was a merry one. It contains more books than the first one. It contains the books 3 up to 9 of Euclid's 13 books of the elements. Book 3 is a delightful one. Its sole purpose is to characterize circles. It goes with the same style of the first two books given the first volume. Books 4 continues in the same fashion and studies circumscribing and inscribing figures by others. Book 5 is the first attempt to bring geometry near to algebra. It deals with proportions. The notation started getting more and more cumbersome. He continues giving us things that we know already. And all through the volume until book 9 we see results commonly given in simple college algebra in the most tedious fashion. I praise this volume only for the material on circles and I see that it is worth reading if you have a strong constitution. As for me I am not going to read the third one about the out of date commensurable numbers.
CAUTION |
7. The Thirteen Books of the Elements, Vol. 3: Books 10-13 by Thomas L. Heath, Euclid | |
Paperback: 574
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(1956-06-01)
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Editorial Review Product Description Volume 1 of 3-volume set containing complete English text of all 13 books of the Elements plus critical apparatus analyzing each definition, postulate and proposition in great detail. Covers textual and linguistic matters; mathematical analyses of Euclid's ideas; commentators; refutations, supports, extrapolations, reinterpretations and historical notes. Includes 2,500 years of critical commentary. Total in set: 995 figures. Customer Reviews (1)
excellent |
8. THE ELEMENTS (UPDATED w/LINKED TOC) by Euclid | |
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(2009-12-29)
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From the look of the preview, this is only an outline of the work |
9. The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements by Euclid | |
Paperback: 404
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(2010-01-01)
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Fine collection - all in one book |
10. A History of Greek Mathematics: Volume 1. From Thales to Euclid by Thomas Little Heath | |
Paperback: 468
Pages
(2000-12-27)
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more than just history Theseworkswere first brought to my attention by my Greeklanguage professor nearly 40 years ago as the best English language source on Greek Mathematics. Just as the Greeks did not view `pure' mathematics or geometry as a lifes-work so to younger readers [through collage] the methods of logic may prove most useful. For we retired `geezers' not quite ready for Oprah reruns and made for T.V. `romances' it may be the stimulation ofthe brain by the problems [which are documented and solved infull], the history andthe `awe' of how much these did `without computers';
Academically great |
11. Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math by Joseph Mazur | |
Paperback: 352
Pages
(2006-07-25)
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Brought New Insights to an Old Science Reader
Why Science isn't Faith Based
One of the best popular mathematics books I have ever read
Pleasure reading
Dissapointing |
12. Euclid - The Creation of Mathematics by Benno Artmann | |
Hardcover: 368
Pages
(1999-06-10)
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Interesting survey of the Elements
Roots of mathematics in our Western Culture To Artmann's credit, his book disregards the smallscale disputes amongst superspecialists ("all modern translations of Elements are satisfactory").He overturns the fashionable idea that the "Two Cultures" cannot communicate.So, Rilke has something to say -- perhaps not to Hilbert, but to the widely cultured mathematician, or to the general reader -- about Contradiction, or Widerspruch. About the pre-Euclidean origins of mathematics in Greece, he overmodestly disclaims specialist knowledge.An example:he traces the earliest technical work on the dodecahedron and the icosahedron via pre-Euclideans such as Theaetetus (Plato's friend), and up to the highly abstract Group Theory work on isomorphisms of the 1990s A.D. -- and does this well and surefootedly. Too bad his modesty barred him ("I leave that to the specialists") from analyzing the pre-history of Euclid's Book XII, the classical ancestor of our integral calculus.The fact is that he knows a great deal about Eudoxus (another friend of Plato's).Perhaps more detail in a Second Edition? His work on the so-called Euclidean Algorithm (finding a greatest common factor) is another valuable contribution.Its autobiographical flavor is reminiscent of Archimedes in "Sand Reckoner".It allows him to stake out a clear and non-partisan position on the "where is the algebra?" question, on which scholarly debates often produce more heat than light. So multi-faceted a book, one could wish an Index fuller than a mere 2 pages.Typos are too frequent for a good house like Springer, including two I found in names of authors or book titles.But the book's cultural sweep is admirable throughout, its bibliography good. TL Heath's 1933 report about the Cambridge undergraduate, so struck by Euclid ("a book to be read in bed or on a holiday") may have been exaggerated, making him over into a Young Werther.But Artmann's charming and learned book really is hard to put down, on or off holiday. [note: this is a lightly revised version of a review I submitted a few days ago.-Malcolm Brown]
Roots of mathematics in our Western Culture He largely disregards smallscale battles amongst the superspecialists ("all modern translations of Elements are satisfactory").He overturns the fashionable idea that the "Two Cultures" cannot communicate.(Rilke has things to say, perhaps not to Hilbert, but to the widely cultured mathematician, about Widerspruch!) About the pre-Euclidean origins of mathematics, he overmodestly disclaims specialist knowledge.An example:his tracing of the earliest technical work on dodecahedrons and icosahedrons via pre-Euclideans such as Theaetetus (Plato's friend), and on up to the Group Theory work on isomorphisms of the 1990s A.D. is done well and surefootedly. Too bad his modesty barred him ("I leave that to the specialists") from analyzing the pre-history of Euclid's Book XII, the classical ancestor of our integral calculus.The fact is that he knows a great deal about Eudoxus (another friend of Plato's).Perhaps more detail in a Second Edition? His work on the so-called Euclidean Algorithm (finding a greatest common factor) also contributes importantly.Its autobiographical flavor is reminiscent of that of Archimedes' in "Sand Reckoner".It allows him to stake out a clear and non-partisan position on the question "where is the algebra?" question, on which scholarly debates often produce more heat than light. So multi-faceted a book, one could wish a fuller Index.But the cultural sweep is admirable throughout.TL Heath's 1933 report about the Cambridge undergraduate, so struck by Euclid ("a book to be read in bed or on a holiday") may have exaggerated, making him over into a Young Werther.But Artmann's charming and learned book really is hard to put down, even at vacationtime. ... Read more |
13. A Long Way From Euclid by Constance Reid | |
Paperback: 132
Pages
(2010-01-10)
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Good intentions, bad execution It being understood that a popular book must necessarily slough over technicalities in order to convey general ideas, I am nevertheless shocked that Reid, with all her mathematical contacts, including her famous sister and brother-in-law (alive when she wrote this), did not have professional mathematicians check the correctness of what she wrote. Here are a few inaccuracies I found: p.60. "Their [Greek] geometry was based on an axiom which stated in essence that parallel lines never meet ..." (By definition, parallel lines are lines in the same plane that do not meet. No axiom is needed to guarantee that!) p.152. "... the fifth postulate, which makes a statement very roughly equivalent to our common statement that parallel lines never meet." p.136 Reid states falsely that Gauss was the first person in the history of mathematics to question the age-old assumption that the four classical constuction problems could be solved using straightedge and compass alone. Descartes, for one, preceded him. p.157 "The true surface of hyperbolic geometry ... is what is called the pseudosphere, a world of two unending trumpets." p.255 She states incorrectly that the domain of arithmetic presented by Hilbert in his Grundlagen is that of the constructible numbers. It is only a subfield of that. p. 278 She states that elementary algebra is a decidable theory according to Tarski, without specifying (as she did for "elementary geometry") what that is. Ditto her statement that elementary arithmetic is decidable. I was also disappointed that Reid hardly gave any references and has no bibliography. Surely many readers became interested in topics she presented and would wish to read more about them. Reid still can fix these defects in a subsequent edition.
Constance Reid: the best non-fiction writer ever! |
14. The Babylonian Theorem: The Mathematical Journey to Pythagoras and Euclid by Peter S. Rudman | |
Hardcover: 248
Pages
(2010-01-26)
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College-level math and science collections especially will find this an intriguing math analysis
It all adds up through history
I don't get it |
15. Euclids Elements of Geometry by Euclid | |
Paperback: 234
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(2010-03-27)
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16. The Mathematicall Praeface to the Elements of Geometrie of Euclid of Megara by Dr. John Dee | |
Hardcover: 62
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(2010-05-23)
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reproduction of an interesting text |
17. Euclid and His Modern Rivals by Lewis Carroll | |
Paperback: 316
Pages
(2010-02-16)
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18. Six Books of Euclid by Werner Oechslin | |
Hardcover: 464
Pages
(2010-05-25)
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The most beautiful math book of the 1800's
a beautiful replica of Byrne's unique printing |
19. Geometry: Euclid and Beyond (Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics) by Robin Hartshorne | |
Paperback: 532
Pages
(2010-11-02)
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Editorial Review Product Description This book offers a unique opportunity to understand the essence of one of the great thinkers of western civilization. A guided reading of Euclid's Elements leads to a critical discussion and rigorous modern treatment of Euclid's geometry and its more recent descendants, with complete proofs. Topics include the introduction of coordinates, the theory of area, history of the parallel postulate, the various non-Euclidean geometries, and the regular and semi-regular polyhedra. Customer Reviews (11)
Good introduction to the relationship between algebra and geometry
Geometry - anything else you need?
Where was this book when I was a student?
Bring your copy of Elements!
a wonderful book by a world famous geometer |
20. The Elements: Books I - XIII - Complete and Unabridged by Euclid | |
Paperback: 1243
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(2006)
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No experience like it... |
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