Greek Geometry

  • John Stillwell
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)


He was 40 years old before he looked on Geometry; which happened accidentally. Being in a Gentleman’s Library, Euclid’s Elements lay open, and’ twas the 47 El. libri I. He read the Proposition. By G—sayd he (he would now and then sweare an emphaticall Oath by way of emphasis) this is impossible! So he reads the Demonstration of it, which referred him back to such a Proposition; which proposition he read. That referred him back to another, which he also read... that at last he was demonstratively convinced of that trueth. This made him in love with Geometry.


Conic Section Regular Polyhedron Regular Pentagon Royal Road Biographical Note 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Stillwell
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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