By Robin Hartshorne

This ebook deals a special chance to appreciate the essence of 1 of the good thinkers of western civilization. A guided analyzing of Euclid's components ends up in a serious dialogue and rigorous sleek therapy of Euclid's geometry and its newer descendants, with entire proofs. subject matters contain the creation of coordinates, the idea of zone, historical past of the parallel postulate, a number of the non-Euclidean geometries, and the common and semi-regular polyhedra.

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