Geometry Civilized: History, Culture, and Technique

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Clarendon Press, 2000 - Mathematics - 309 pages
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This lavishly illustrated book provides an unusually accessible approach to geometry by placing it in historical context. With concise discussions and carefully chosen illustrations the author brings the material to life by showing what problems motivated early geometers throughout the world. Geometry Civilized covers classical plane geometry, emphasizing the methods of Euclid but also drawing on advances made in China and India. It includes a wide range of problems, solutions, and illustrations, as well as a chapter on trigonometry, and prepares its readers for the study of solid geometry and conic sections.

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An old story
From points to proof
Tricks with triangles
Many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse
From polygons to pi
Tough knots

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John L Heilbron, MA, PhD, April House, Shilton, Burford, OX18 4AB Telephone/fax: (01993) 840830

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