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[HM] Euclid's Elements.
Posted:
Sep 27, 2002 4:09 PM


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 2page Bibliography, and a 15page 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



