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Euclid's Elements : all thirteen books complete in one volume : the Thomas L. Heath translation
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Elements. English
Publication Information:
Santa Fe, N.M. : Green Lion Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxix, 499 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"Includes complete unabridged text of all thirteen books of Euclid's Elements in T.L. Heath's translation with minor corrections to text and translation ..."--T.p. verso.

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Central Library QA31 .E875 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The classic Heath translation, in a completely new layout with plenty of space and generous margins. An affordable but sturdy sewn hardcover student and teacher edition in one volume, with minimal notes and a new index/glossary.

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Relying merely on the title Geometry, one might imagine many rather different books sandwiched between the covers! One thinks first of axiomatic Euclid, so ancient theorems about triangles and circles or perhaps modern gems such as one finds, say, in Ross Honsberger's Episodes in Nineteenth Century and Twentieth Century Geometry (CH, Nov'95). But one might also get (perhaps too dryly) a comparative text about geometries, one that contrasts the Euclidean, elliptic, hyperbolic, and projective and adds a touch of group theory to bring out the role of symmetry. A differential geometry of curves and surfaces will have a completely different flavor still, even more so a tome on the generalities of Riemannian geometry. Audin (Universite Louis Pasteur), writing for undergraduates who have some linear algebra, selects and unifies a range of topics that actually traverses a good deal of this terrain. Though she chooses foundations based on linear algebra rather than axiomatics, she does develop a suite of classic Euclidean theorems, if mostly as exercises. But her development also proceeds up to Gauss's celebrated "Theorema egregium." Withal, a solid introduction to many faces of modern geometry. The mere fame of a classic book does not automatically guarantee the easy availability of a truly useful and adequate modern edition in translation. Now in this republication of Thomas L. Heath's 1908 Cambridge University Press translation, the editors, with classroom use in mind, have indeed succeeded in their aim of providing a "one-volume, clean, student-friendly, Euclid-centered edition of the complete text of all thirteen books of the Elements.'' As "clean'' here means the omission of Heath's commentaries, the Dover edition will remain a necessity for scholars. But this edition does serve a purpose if, by dint of its gracious typography and layout, it makes a direct confrontation with Euclid not too intimidating for those modern undergraduates who might otherwise never even bother to take a look. ^BSumming Up: Both books--Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. D. V. Feldman University of New Hampshire

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