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21. Geometry from Euclid to Knots
22. Euclid Creek(OH)(Images of America)
23. Key to Exercises in Euclid
24. Euclid's Elements in Greek: Vol.
25. A Sequel to the First Six Books
26. Death Ride at Euclid Beach: And
27. The First Three Books of Euclid's
28. Concurrent Euclid, the Unix* System,
29. Euclid and geometry (Immortals
30. The Elements of Euclid, with many
31. The Zoning of America: Euclid
32. The first six books of the Elements
33. The Bones: A Handy, Where-to-find-it
34. Rad Tech's Guide to MRI: Imaging
35. Computed Tomography: Physical
36. Euclid Earthmoving Equipment:
37. The elements of Euclid for the
38. Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering
39. Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising
40. Philosophy of Mathematics and

21. Geometry from Euclid to Knots
by Saul Stahl
Paperback: 480 Pages (2010-03-18)
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Tracing the formal development of Euclidean geometry, this text closely follows Euclid's classic, Elements. In addition to providing a historical perspective on plane geometry, it covers related topics, including non-neutral Euclidean geometry, circles and regular polygons, projective geometry, symmetries, inversions, knots and links, and informal topology. Includes 1,000 practice problems. Solutions available. 2003 edition.
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22. Euclid Creek(OH)(Images of America)
by Roy Larick, Bob Gibbons, Edward Siploc
Paperback: 128 Pages (2005-10-03)
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Over the centuries, Euclid Creek's torrents have drilled through bluestone and shale, carving deep gorges in a gentle landscape. Modes of transport have always guided human life in the watershed. Early Native Americans trekked the creek's gorge rims to form an extensive trail network. In 1796, Moses Cleaveland's survey crew named "the big crick" Euclid, in honor of the inventor of survey mathematics. As early settlers arrived, they turned the Indian trails into county roads and used the creek to power saw and grist mills. By the 1850s, steam railroads took Euclid Creek wine and bluestone to distant markets. In 1896, electrified rails gave impetus for summer resorts and country estates. By 1920, automobiles were ferrying suburbanites to Tudor side streets. Now, Interstate highways funnel exurbanites into shopping centers. Framed in the history of transport, Euclid Creek tells the story of this Great Lake tributary stream and her many different communities. Euclid Creek is a unique history of the Great Lake tributary stream and her many different communities. Drawing from numerous archives, the authors surmount municipal boundaries to show the whole history of a nearly forgotten natural landmark. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Local interest only
It's a fascinating book for those who live or have lived in the Cleveland area, and especially for those of us who grew up within sight of Euclid Creek Park and spent many enjoyable hours there.I left northern Ohio over 30 years ago, so it brought back many memories of my youth.Roy Larick was a friend and classmate of mine at Euclid High, and he and his co-authors have done a very thorough job of displaying the history of the area. ... Read more

23. Key to Exercises in Euclid
by Isaac Todhunter
Paperback: 130 Pages (2010-08-22)
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Publisher: London MacmillanPublication date: 1885Subjects: Euclid's ElementsNotes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be numerous typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there. ... Read more

24. Euclid's Elements in Greek: Vol. I: Books 1-4
by Richard Fitzpatrick
Paperback: 300 Pages (2005-04-16)
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Euclid's Elements is the most famous mathematical work of classical antiquity, and has had a profound influence on the development of modern Mathematics and Physics. This volume contains the definitive Ancient Greek text of J.L. Heiberg (1883), together with an English translation. For ease of use, the Greek text and the corresponding English text are on facing pages. Moreover, the figures are drawn with both Greek and English symbols. Finally, a helpful Greek/English lexicon explaining Ancient Greek mathematical jargon is appended. Volume I contains Books 1-4, and covers the fundamentals of straight-line and circular geometry, the fundamentals of geometric algebra, and rectilinear figures inscribed in, and circumscribed about, circles. ... Read more

25. A Sequel to the First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid: Containing an Easy Introduction to Modern Geometry, With Numerous Examples (Classic Reprint)
by John Casey
Paperback: 254 Pages (2010-08-31)
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IN the following pages the Propositions of the text of
Euclid will be referred to by Roman numerals enclosed
in brackets, and those of the work itself by the Arabic
The number of the book will be given only when different
from that under which the reference occurs.
For the purpose of saving space, the following
symbols will be employed:-
Circle will be denoted by 0
Triangle " 6
Parallelogram " CJ
Parallel " II
Angle " L
Perpendicular " J..
In addition to the foregoing, we shall employ the
usual symbols of Algebra, and other contractions whose
meanings will be so obvious as not to require explanation.

Table of Contents

BOOK I; SECTION I; Disecting points of sides of triangles and quadrilaterals,; ? ,; Middle points of diagonals of quadrilaterals,; Loci of vertices of triangles-given bases and sum of; areas, ?; Concurrence of perpendiculars of triangles,; Perpendiculars from extremities of base on bisector; of vertical angle of a triangle,; Perpendiculars at middle points of sides of a triangle,; Inscribed and escribed squares to a triangle,; Centre of mean position, ?; Maxima and minima,; Deducibles from Euclid, fig, Prop XLVII, ? ?; SECTION II; Exercises, ? ? ? ? ?; BOOK II; SECTION I; Rectangle contained by segments of base of an isosceles; triangle,; Sums of squares of sides of triangles and quadrilaterals,; ? ?; PAGE; 2; [); 6; 8; 8; V; 10; 12; 13; 16; 17; 21; 22; COXTENTS; PAGB; Rectanl?!le contained by sum and diffet'ence of two; sides of a triangle, 23; Euler's theorem with respect to four collinear points, 23; Perpendiculars let fall from angular points of a s ... Read more

26. Death Ride at Euclid Beach: And More True Tales of Crime & Disaster from Cleveland's Past
by John Stark Bellamy II
Paperback: 304 Pages (2004-04-01)
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Cleveland s crime and disaster expert is back yet again, with more true tales of woe from local history. This fifth book in John Stark Bellamy s popular series (which includes They Died Crawling and The Killer in the Attic) delivers 26 new accounts of Cleveland-area crimes and disasters from 1900 through 1950. The title story is about a death on the Thriller roller coaster at Euclid Beach Park. Also recounted are such tales as the odd international hoax in which a Lakewood lad became The Boy with Hitler s Face and one of Cleveland's most baffling murder mysteries ever: the brutal killing of sweet 16-year-old Beverly Jarosz in her Garfield Heights bedroom. Sometimes gruesome, often surprising, Bellamy s tales are meticulously researched and delivered in a literate and entertaining style. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars death ride at euclid beach
Since I lived in Cleveland for several years this book was very interesting, well written and fun if you can equate murder with fun, I enjoyed it

3-0 out of 5 stars More fun stuff.
John Stark Bellamy II, Death Ride at Euclid Beach and More True Tales of Cleveland Woe (Gray and Company, 2004)

Bellamy puts forth his fifth (and, if his preface is to be believed, final) book of the darker side of Cleveland history, Death Ride at Euclid Beach. If you've read any of the others, you know how this works-- stories ranging from two to roughly twenty pages about some sort of nasty, mysterious, sordid, or otherwise interesting bit of Northeast Ohio's past.

While I'm pretty much the target audience for this sort of thing, I have to say I'm glad Bellamy's hanging it up; I'm not sure whether it's his writing style or the innately boring nature of North Coast life, but Bellamy's reflections in the preface ring quite true; any more and he'd simply be treading water. Face it, Clevelanders; we're just not all that interesting. But what Bellamy's managed to dredge up over the years has been illuminating. *** ... Read more

27. The First Three Books of Euclid's Elements of Geometry from the text of Dr. Robert Simson: Together with Various Useful Theorems and Problems as Geometrical Exercises on Each Book
by Euclid
Paperback: 116 Pages (2005-12-01)
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This Elibron Classics edition is a facsimile reprint of a 1866 edition by Longmans, Green, and Co., London. ... Read more

28. Concurrent Euclid, the Unix* System, and Tunis (Addison-Wesley series in computer science)
by R. C. Holt
 Paperback: 323 Pages (1982-11)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book (would be 5 stars, but its dated).
This is a fascinating book written by R.C. Holt at U-Toronoto about a toy operating system they wrote in the early 1980's at UT, in the concurrent euclid language.It tells you just about everything you need to know towrite your own computer operating system.In the early 1980's, you eitherbought this book, or you got yourself a bootleg copy of the annotated BellSystem UNIX kernel source code, to learn systems programming.

This bookcontains an awesome and intuitive introduction to synchronization - thebest intro ever written in ANY book.I used to lend this book to my weakerOS students (At University of British Columbia) that were having troubleunderstanding synchronization - until one of them stole the book.I HAD toget another copy because this is a GREAT book. ... Read more

29. Euclid and geometry (Immortals of science)
by Estelle Allen DeLacy
 Hardcover: 120 Pages (1963)

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1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible History
This book was the worst book I have ever read.It was extremely boring and is more like a text book.It is only good if you want to copy a report word-for-word. ... Read more

30. The Elements of Euclid, with many additional propositions, and explanatory
by Henry Law Euclides
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-08-15)
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31. The Zoning of America: Euclid V. Ambler (Landmark Law Cases and American Society)
by Michael Allan Wolf
Paperback: 188 Pages (2008-08-14)
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When the Cleveland suburb of Euclid first zoned its land in 1922, the Ambler Realty Company was left with a sizable tract it could no longer sell for industrial use--and so the company sued. What emerged was the seminal zoning case in American history, pitting reformers against private property advocates in the Supreme Court and raising the question of whether a municipality could deny property owners the right to use their land however they chose.

Reconstructing the case that made zoning a central element in urban planning for cities and towns throughout America, Michael Allan Wolf provides the first book-length study of the Supreme Court's landmark Euclid v. Ambler decision. Wolf describes how the ordinance, and the defense of it, burst onto the national stage and became the focus of litigation before moving all the way to the nation's highest court. He subsequently reveals how and why Justice George Sutherland broke from the Court's conservative bloc to support the urban reform movement eager to protect residential neighborhoods from disturbances created by rapidly expanding commercial, industrial, or multifamily uses of land. Following that decision, America saw the rapid proliferation of zoning ordinances, which greatly increased the power of local government to control and rationalize urban planning.

As Wolf attests, many of today's environmental and land use laws might not have been deemed legal had Euclid v. Ambler been decided differently. But he also points out the potential dangers that emerged from the decision, such as its anticompetitive impact on the real estate market, its catalyzing effect on suburban sprawl, and its establishment of a legal basis for excluding minority groups from neighborhoods.

Wolf's compelling account makes it clear that Euclid v. Ambler fundamentally altered how we think about the urban landscape, changed the way our cities and suburbs are organized, and left a long shadow over subsequent cases such as the controversial Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London (2005).

This book is part of the Landmark Law Cases and American Society series. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You may have to be a zoning lawyer to enjoy it but . . .
This is a wonderful book about the most important zoning case in the 20th Century, well ever really. It probably helps if you are an attorney, and a land use attorney at that, but it's a good read, well presented and interesting. The discussion of how the rehearing before the Supreme Court came about, the Bettman brief and the activities of the attorneys for the parties are all illuminating. A good read! ... Read more

32. The first six books of the Elements of Euclid, and propositions I.-XXI. of book XI.: and an appendix on the cylinder, sphere, cone, etc., with copious annotations and numerous exercises,
by Euclid
Paperback: 342 Pages (1885-01-01)
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This volume is produced from digital images from the Cornell University Library Historical Mathematics Monographs collection. ... Read more

33. The Bones: A Handy, Where-to-find-it Pocket Reference Companion to Euclid's Elements
by Euclid
Paperback: 212 Pages (2002-10-01)
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The Bones, a concise overview of Euclid's Elements, provides all the propositions and diagrams without the detailed proofs. Readers can use it to see the scope and structure of Elements, identify exactly what Euclid covers and what he doesn't, and to find the location of remembered propositions. The Table of Contents lists the subject matter of each book, number of propositions, and locations of definitions, to further assist the reader in seeing the scope and structure of Elements and to examine Euclid's treatment of specific areas. Equally at home in backpack or pocket, on desk or bedside table, it has enjoyable possibilities limited only by your imagination. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Euclid: The Bones

If you have any interest in Euclid's Elements of Geometry, then this will, I believe, interest you also. It is the Elements without the proofs. It is Heath's translation without his commentary. The design of the book is elegant. The layout is clear and clean. The diagrams have been redrawn and the fonts are crisp and inviting. The cover is durable and the pages are sewn in. The book fits well in the hands. It is a paperback the way paperbacks ought to be made. And it is Euclid. What more do you want?

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reviewing tool for the Elements
I love the elements, but because of its size, I can only read it at home, which slows me down a lot.
With this book you can bring the Elements with you everywhere. It's quite small, and thin too. I've found it very useful as a learning and reviewing tool; The format (diagram and enunciation without the proof), let you see right away if you understand each proposition. For those you understand, it's immediately obvious as the proof comes to your mind while looking at the diagram. For those you don't, it's really fun to try and come up with the proof, given the diagram is a major tip. whether you succeed or fail, it's a thrill to go back to the Full Elements, and read Euclid's proof, As your understanding is deeper. Another fun exercise when you are familiar with a proposition is trying to prove it in your mind with just the proposition. So many way to use this book, I'm wondering why no one had the idea before. With, this you Can master this timeless classic in a fun way.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great companion to a great book
Euclid's "Elements" is easily one of the most important books ever assembled and "Bones" is a summary whose quality is unlikely to be surpassed. The diagrams and text are logically laid out, the printing is clear, and the cover and binding are very sturdy. Obviously a lot of effort and care went into producing this companion volume, and any fan of Euclid would be well-served by it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arguably the most significant 200 pages of published mathematics now in existence
This is one of those books that should be in every mathematical library, academic and personal. It contains a distillation of "Euclid's Elements"; all the common notions, definitions, postulates, and propositions. All that is missing are the proofs. As such, it is the best quick geometry reference in existence and has been placed on my reference shelf where it will remain until it is wore out and I need to purchase another copy. I would argue that it is the most significant 200 pages of published mathematics now in existence.

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34. Rad Tech's Guide to MRI: Imaging Procedures, Patient Care, and Safety (Rad Tech Series)
by Carolyn Kaut Roth
Paperback: 208 Pages (2001-07-17)
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Tech's Guide to MRI provides an easy reference for the technologist who is preparing for the advanced level exam in MRI. This user-friendly text can also be used as a quick overview by the practicing technologist and physician.

Bullet points and sub-topics are provided for quick reference.

Presented in outline format for easy reference for each section of text. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Great Book-Worst Seller
This book is great for the information, but I will never purchase from this seller again.Purchased on 4/17, email received shipped 4/18, received another email on 5/2 stating I would receive in a few days.By 5/8 still not received.I sentthree different emails and could not get answers, when and where shipped from.I finally received the book 3 1/2 wks after purchase, and the book shipped from South Bend, IN to OK.It doesn't take 3 1/2 wks. even by pony express!

4-0 out of 5 stars good for MR registry study
This book is refreshingly concise. I have found it helpful as someone studying for the MR Registry. Sometimes it seems to oversimplify technical concepts, but, as it points out in the introduction, this book is designed as a quick-reference study guide to be used in conjunction with more thorough, detailed works.

5-0 out of 5 stars MRI Tech. Greatest Tool for Registry
Precise and to the point.This guide helped me and will help anyone preparing to take MRI Registry exam.Highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Merits and Dismerits
I would like to thank the authors for this excellent book for basic MRI, Really it is very simple for the complicated MRI terms, helpful for both technicians and beginners radiologists in the field of MRI.

A big drawbacks must be considered in the aftercoming editions .. the photos quality is not so good and the font size is too small.

Thanks alot

5-0 out of 5 stars Carolyn Kaut Roth
This book is a must for any MRI technologist.
Carolyn Kaut Roth explains things in "english" so you understand.
If you have ever been to her confrences you know what I am talking about. If you have never been, I suggest you go even if you are not an MRI tech, she is GREAT! ... Read more

35. Computed Tomography: Physical Principles, Clinical Applications, and Quality Control (CONTEMPORARY IMAGING TECHNIQUES)
by Euclid Seeram RT(R)BScMScFCAMRT
Paperback: 560 Pages (2008-10-30)
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Radiologic technologists play an important role in the care and management of patients undergoing advanced imaging procedures. This new edition provides the up-to-date information and thorough coverage you need to understand the physical principles of computed tomography (CT) and safely produce high-quality images. You'll gain valuable knowledge about the practice of CT scanning, effective communication with other medical personnel, and sectional anatomic images as they relate to CT.

  • Comprehensively covers CT at just the right depth for technologists - going beyond superficial treatment to accommodate all the major advances in CT.One complete CT resource covers what you need to know!
  • Brings you up to date with the latest in multi-slice spiral CT and its applications - the only text to include full coverage of this important topic.
  • Features a chapter devoted to quality control testing of CT scanners (both spiral CT and conventional scan-and-stop), helping you achieve and maintain high quality control standards.
  • Provides the latest information on: advances in volume CT scanning; CT fluoroscopy; multi-slice spiral/helical CT; and multi-slice applications such as 3-D imaging, CT angiography, and virtual reality imaging (endoscopy) - all with excellent coverage of state-of-the-art principles, instrumentation, clinical applications and quality control.

  • Two new chapters cover recent developments and important principles of multislice CT and PET/CT, giving you in-depth coverage of these quickly emerging aspects of CT.
  • Nearly 100 new line drawings and images illustrate difficult concepts, helping you learn and retain information.
  • All-new material updates you on today's CT scanners, CT and PACS, image quality and quality control for multislice CT scanners, and clinical applications.
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4-0 out of 5 stars CT physics text
This text is very informative with lots of images to accompany the concepts, my only complaint is that it is very repetitive, it will tell you a concept is explained in a later chapter which is helpful but it will proceed to go on about the topic for multiple pages when you are not ready to learn about it yet, and will do that for multiple topics that come up and say the same thing and go into it for a couple pages in multiple chapters before you get to the chapter on that topic


4-0 out of 5 stars Good Reference
I work at a small hospital with a small radiology department that just added CT. So these reference books are great to have on hand

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book/Horrible Seller
Once I finally received the book,(it took almost a month) it's great.I was apprehensive about the copyright of 1994, but it provides all the fundemental information needed to study and learn for the registry exam.I would stay away from this seller.It took almost a month and several e-mails and additional money out of pocket to receive the purchase.Amazon was good and made it right with a refund of the additional out of pocket expense as soon as they found out about it.Bad xperience with this seller but impressive custommer service and response from Amazon!

4-0 out of 5 stars Need for Class
I am using this book for a class.It arrived promptly and safely.Book seems to be a little repetitious, but maybe I need that to help in studding the subject. ... Read more

36. Euclid Earthmoving Equipment: 1924-1968 (A Photo Gallery)
by Eric C. Orlemann
Paperback: 224 Pages (2004-11-11)
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Euclid Earthmoving Equipment, 1924 to 1968, examines the company’s equipment origins, starting with the Euclid Crane & Hoist Company, and The Euclid Road Machinery Company, right on through the years General Motors controlled the company as Euclid Division. All of the company’s major equipment product lines are covered, including rear-dump and bottom-dump haulers, scrapers, crawler dozers, wheel loaders, and blade-veyors. Also includes numerous military offerings, prototypes, and experimental designs, some of which have never been seen in publications before. Contains tables for machine introductions and production numbers. From the serious equipment historian, to the heavy equipment enthusiast, Euclid is packed with tons of the "green-iron" for your enjoyment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book about a great company,to bad the goverment anty trust laws helped destroy this company ... Read more

37. The elements of Euclid for the use of schools and colleges, Books I, II, III ... authorized by the Education department of Ontario
by I 1820-1884 Todhunter
Paperback: 154 Pages (2010-06-14)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more

38. Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Logic and Math
by Joseph Mazur
Paperback: 352 Pages (2006-07-25)
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Like Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach, and David Berlinski’s A Tour of the Calculus, Euclid in the Rainforest combines the literary with the mathematical to explore logic—the one indispensable tool in man’s quest to understand the world. Underpinning both math and science, it is the foundation of every major advancement in knowledge since the time of the ancient Greeks. Through adventure stories and historical narratives populated with a rich and quirky cast of characters, Mazur artfully reveals the less-than-airtight nature of logic and the muddled relationship between math and the real world. Ultimately, Mazur argues, logical reasoning is not purely robotic. At its most basic level, it is a creative process guided by our intuitions and beliefs about the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brought New Insights to an Old Science Reader
My only complaint is that I read the whole thing in only two days, as I couldn't put it down.Since the book cost $15.00, this comes to $7.50 per day.I was expecting a book on mathematics to take me at least a week, which would have been only $2.14 per day.Other than that, it was terrific.Mazur keeps a focus on really basic questions like, "what is truth, anyway." This sounds esoteric, but it leads to some excellent takeaway revelations.To put it another way, you don't merely learn some new facts about math, you have the opportunity to get a clearer understanding of science as well as mathematics.For instance, I had always thought of "junk science" as inferior to peer-reviewed science because their analytical processes - deduction, induction, inference, observation, etc. - were different from one another.Mazur forces you to look at a process known as "plausible reasoning" that is the hallmark of the very best peer-reviewed science, which leads to better understanding of the validity of scientific theories and laws.In my letter to the author, I told him that, "I have always been a sceptic, but now I know why I am a sceptic."I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a little sceptical - and all good scientists are a litte sceptical - about some modern scientific "discoveries." Thank you, Joe Mazur.

Dr. J. G. McCully.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Science isn't Faith Based
I found this remarkable little book in a 'bargain basket' at a bookstore in Panama City. I took it with me to Kuna Yala where I was staying in a Kuna village without electricity, running water, or much else. Thus I had a lot of very quiet time to read it. Parts of it were very difficult for me, but the overall message of the book is wonderful.

For some reason there are 'Post Modern' scholars (sic)(Stanley Fish of Florida International University is one) who want to reserect the old canard of 'science is merely faith' as a criticism of recent books on faith by scientists and others (Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens).

While this book does not directly address the issue of `faith vs. science', it is a explanation of the scientific method and the cleanest example of why science is not based on faith, does not require faith, and, in fact, can be demonstrated to be counter to faith based beliefs.

When I was an undergraduate in the late Pleistocene I took a philosophy course in which the instructor took the position that `Science,' `Religion,' and `Philosophy' were equally valid approaches to understanding reality. I didn't do well in the course because I kept objecting to his basic premise. While my training is in biology I have been trying to learn Particle Physics and Cosmology in recent years and am even more convinced that science is fundamentally divorced from other approaches.

Even if you are not going to a tropical island for a week, get this little book. You will probably enjoy it and will come away with a much better appreciation for how science works and how scientists think.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best popular mathematics books I have ever read
Properly presented, the fundamental truths of mathematics are easy to understand. By that I mean that if they are presented in the appropriate non-technical language and with simple examples, then almost anyone can understand them. Mazur does this and does it very well. Much of the mathematics in this book is also philosophical in nature. A great deal of ink is spent in describing Zeno's famous paradox, "proving" that motion is impossible. His development of the solution to the paradox can be understood by anyone possessing the most rudimentary of mathematical backgrounds.
The role of proof in mathematics is also discussed, with questions raised as to what actually constitutes a proof. Mathematicians have debated this point since the Greeks invented the concept of the mathematical proof, and this is a good recapitulation of that debate. I consider it very healthy for the math profession to admit to the laity that mathematical proof is not necessarily fixed in concrete. It is also a point of significant honesty to admit that proofs that were considered correct for centuries contained flaws that were discovered and repaired.
There are three sections to the book:

*) Logic
*) Infinity
*) Reality.

The chapter "Does Math Really Reflect the Real World?" makes a point that often astounds mathematicians and others that work in the physical sciences. Namely, that mathematics does describe the real world, not only well, but often astonishingly well. New mathematical concepts are invented and considered to be purely abstract, there being no current practical application. However, as science progresses in other areas, that "purely abstract" idea suddenly has uses in the real world. Of course, the real world does have its flaws. It is impossible to create the perfect circle, the well-balanced coin and die do not exist and there are times when we cannot measure a value to enough decimal places to get true predictability. Those situations are also covered, which is important, as it points out that even the best mathematics does not give us absolute predictability. Fortunately, nearly all of the time, the good enough is in fact really good enough.
This is one of the best popular mathematics books that I have ever read; it covers the fundamentals that need to be covered and at a level that nearly everyone can understand.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission

3-0 out of 5 stars Pleasure reading
This is a good book. You just read page after page without any brain-twisting theories. Facts and stories about math are lucidly presented. A soft way to teach truths about math and logic.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
The book does not deliver to the promise in its title.It is yet another "discover fun in mathematics" book, mixed with a poorly written travel account. ... Read more

39. Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Numbers (t)
by Alex Bellos
 Paperback: 336 Pages (2011-04-05)
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Too often math gets a bad rap, characterized as dry and difficult. But, Alex Bellos says, "math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative. Mathematical thought is one of the great achievements of the human race, and arguably the foundation of all human progress. The world of mathematics is a remarkable place."Bellos has traveled all around the globe and has plunged into history to uncover fascinating stories of mathematical achievement, from the breakthroughs of Euclid, the greatest mathematician of all time, to the creations of the Zen master of origami, one of the hottest areas of mathematical work today. Taking us into the wilds of the Amazon, he tells the story of a tribe there who can count only to five and reports on the latest findings about the math instinct—including the revelation that ants can actually count how many steps they’ve taken. Journeying to the Bay of Bengal, he interviews a Hindu sage about the brilliant mathematical insights of the Buddha, while in Japan he visits the godfather of Sudoku and introduces the brainteasing delights of mathematical games.Exploring the mysteries of randomness, he explains why it is impossible for our iPods to truly randomly select songs. In probing the many intrigues of that most beloved of numbers, pi, he visits with two brothers so obsessed with the elusive number that they built a supercomputer in their Manhattan apartment to study it. Throughout, the journey is enhanced with a wealth of intriguing illustrations, such as of the clever puzzles known as tangrams and the crochet creation of an American math professor who suddenly realized one day that she could knit a representation of higher dimensional space that no one had been able to visualize.

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. ... Read more

40. Philosophy of Mathematics and Deductive Structure in Euclid's Elements (Dover Books on Mathematics)
by Ian Mueller
Paperback: 400 Pages (2006-11-17)
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A survey of Euclid's Elements, this text provides an understanding of the classical Greek conception of mathematics and its similarities to modern views as well as its differences. It focuses on philosophical, foundational, and logical questions — rather than focusing strictly on historical and mathematical issues — and features several helpful appendixes.
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