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Euclid's treatise on geometry, Elements, has made him one of the best-known
mathematicians of the ancient world. Greek sources attribute a number of other
writings in geometry to Euclid, but these works have been lost. Very little
is known of Euclid save that he lived during the reign of Ptolemy I Soter (323-283
B.C.) and founded a school in Alexandria, Egypt. Elements is an original
reconstruction of earlier mathematical proofs into an altogether new synthesis
that superseded all other works in the field up to Euclid's time. It was a major
contribution to the philosophical endeavor to rationally understand the order
of the physical universe, and consequently had implications for later thinkers
about man's place in the world.
Works by the Author
Euclid. Elements of Geometry Book I. New York: Random House, 1944.
Euclid. The Elements. 3 vols. Translated by Thomas L. Heath. St. John's
College Press, 1947.
Euclid. The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements. 3 vols. Translated
by Thomas L. Heath. New York: Dover Publications, 1956-57.
The biographical material about the author originally appeared on The
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