The Thirteen Books of The Elements

| March 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Here we have one of the most important books throughout the history of math called “The Thirteen Books of The Elements” by Euclid. It’s basically a collection of translated thirteen books by Euclid, where he discuses the most important definitions and axioms of the so called Euclidian geometry. It is the oldest axiomatic deductive treatment of mathematics and it has influenced the development of logic and mathematics.


Basic Info

  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2 Una edition (June 1, 1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486600904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486600901
  • Average Amazon Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


About the Authors

Euclid was a Greek mathematician back in 300 BC. Euclid is often referred as the “father of geometry” as he deduced the principles of what is known today as “Euclidean Geometry” from his famous axioms. Since all the modern mathematic depends on the so called Euclidian axioms, Euclid is often referred as one of the most influential mathematicians and thinkers of all time.

Sir Thomas Little Heath was a British civil servant, mathematician, translator and an ancient Greek mathematics historian. Heath is famous for translating works of Euclid of Alexandria, Apollonius of Perga, Aristarchus of Samos, and Archimedes of Syracuse into English.


About the Book

This book has 3 volumes which contain all the complete English text of all 13 books of the Elements plus comments, explanations, diagrams and all that good stuff. Also it includes deep analysis of Euclid’s mathematical ideas. So I would recommend this mostly for hardcore math/history of math fans.

13 Books of Elements


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