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Topic: [HM] Euclid's Elements.
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David Fowler

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[HM] Euclid's Elements.
Posted: Sep 27, 2002 4:09 PM
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The edition of a long awaited book has just appeared:

Euclid's Elements, all thirteen books complete in one volume, The
Thomas L. Heath translation, edited by Dana Densmore, Green Lion
Press, 2002.

It is handsomely produced, with a minimum annotations (20 pages
Introduction, a 2-page Bibliography, and a 15-page Index). I haven't
used it yet, but I guess it may replace my heavily worn Dover
edition. It reproduces Heath's translation, with comments in the
brief introduction, about how his bracketed material is handled, and
very occasional short footnotes. This is an excellent translation
(apart from Heath's confusing abuse of rational/irrational in Book X
and thereafter}, and so includes Heath's error (square root instead
of side at the end of XIII ii; does anyone know any other such
things?}. There is a little arrangement of a few diagrams. It is
biggish -- 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches -- but so is the original.

Buy it at $38 (and surely the paperback will be less!).

David Fowler






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