mathwonk
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From:
georgia
Registered:
5/21/07


Re: List of 'good' geometry textbooks
Posted:
May 21, 2007 7:02 PM


i looked in vain for the promised review of these books. I am a longtime fan of harold jacobs' book, first edition, which my 8 year old enjoyed, and was saddened by the watering down of the 3rd edition, rendering it less fun and less rigorous at the same time!
that is hard to do, but they not only took out much of the wonderful discussion of proofs and logic, enlivened by hilarious rhymes and puzzles from lewis carroll, but also removed many of the witty cartoons, replacing them with unfunny ones, as if not only logic but also cleverness were evil somehow in learning geometry.
So I wanted to know how jacobs' first or second edition compared to whipple, rhoad, milauskas. i am choosing for a college course for students who have been denied a course including logic and proof such as you teach.
so i need to review basic ideas of geometry, plus reinforce proof, and also touch very lightly on some of the logical errors of euclid, but not so as to ruin the fun of the course. (puzzling little things like the fact that harold jacobs does not discuss in the 3rd edition's proof of the concurrence of medians of a triangle, why the point constructed lies outside the triangle instead of inside.)
thanks alan.

