Date: Mar 19, 2001 3:42 PM
Author: Antreas P. Hatzipolakis
Subject: Un attaque passionee contre Euclide

On Thu Sep 7, 2000, I wrote in Hyacinthos List:

>Some decades ago a "celebre professeur" wrote a libellus against Euclid.
>The very first sentence reads:
>
> Il y un livre stupide entre tous: c'est la fameuse geometrie d'Euclide.
>
>The libellus was republished in the French periodical _ L'education
>mathematique_ 51 (1948-9), pp. 136 and 158, along with thoughtful comments,
>in the column VARIETE, under the title: Un attaque passionee contre Euclide.
>
>I am copying the final comment:
>
>La geometrie s'est enormement etendue dans une foule de directions, mais
>les sept livres restent un monument imperissable et venerable.
>
>Antreas


The "celebre professeur" was someone known as Alain
[Les Propos d'Alain, tome 1er, no 57]

See also:
Alain: IDEES. Platon, Descartes, Hegel.
Paris: Paul Hartmann Editeur,1932.

Antreas