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PRO P. XLVII. This is prop. 44. in the Greek text; but the demonstration of it is changed into another wherein the several cases of it are shewn, which, though neceffary, is not done in the Greek.
PRO P. XLVIII. There are two cases in this proposition, arising from the two cases of the third part of prop. 47. on which the 48th depends ; and in the composition these two cases are explicitly given.
PRO P. LII. The construction and demonstration of this, which is prop. 48. in the Greek, are made something shorter than in that text.
PROP. LIII. Prop. 63. in the Greek text is omitted, being only a case of prop. 49. in that text, which is prop. 53. in this edition.
PRO P. LVIII. This is not in the Greek text, but its demonstration is contained in that of the first part of prop. 54. in that text; which propoGtion is concerning figures that are given in fpecies: This 58th is true of fimilar figures, though they be not given in fpecies, and, as it frequently occurs, it was neceflary to add it.
PROP. LIX. LXI. This is the 54th in the Greek; and the 77th in the Greek, being the very same with it, is left out, and a shorter demonftration is given of prop. 61.
PROP. LXII. This, which is most frequently useful, is not in the Greek, and is necesary to prop. 87. 88. in this edition, as also, though not mentioned, to prop. 86. 87. in the former editions. Prop. 66. in the Greek text is made a corollary to it.
PRO P. LXIV. This contains both prop. 74. and 73. in the Greek text; the first case of the 74th is a repetition of prop. 56. from which it is separated in that text by many propofitions; and as there is no order in these propositions, as they stand in the Greek, they are now put into the order which seemed most convenient and natural.
The demonstration of the first part of prop. 73. in the Greek is grossly, vitiated. Dr Gregory says, that the sentences he has inclosed betwixt two stars are superfluous, and ought to be cancelled; but he has not observed, that what 'follows them is absurd, being to prove that the ratio (See his figure] of Ar to r K is given, which by the hypothesis at the beginning of the proposition is expressly given; so that the whole of this part was to be altered, which is done in this prop. 64.
PRO P. LXVII, LXVIII.
Prop. 70. in the Greek text is divided into these two, for the sake of distinctness; and the demonstration of the 67th is rendered shorter than that of the first part of prop. 78. in the Greek, by means of prop. 23. of book 6. of the elements.
PRO P. LXX.
This is prop. 62. in the Greek text ; prop. 78. in that text is only a particular case of it, and is therefore omitted.
Dr Gregory, in the demonftration of prop. 62. cites the 49th prop. dat. to prove that the ratio of the figure AEB to the parallelogram AH is given; whereas this was shewn a few lines before : And besides, the 49th prop. is not applicable to these two figures ; because AH is not given in species, but is by the step for which the citation is brought, proved to be given in fpecies.
Prop. 83. in the Greek text is neither well enunciated nor demonstrated. The 73d, which in this edition is put in place of it, is really the same, as will appear by considering [See Do Gregory's Edition) that A, B, C, E in the Greek text are four proportionals; and that the proposition is to thew that A, which has a given ratio to E, is to f, as B is to a ftraight line to which A has a given ratio ; or, by inyerfon, that r is to A, as a straight line to which A has a given ratio is to B ; that is, if the proportionals be placed in this order, viz. r, E, A, B, that the first r is to A to which the fecond E has a given ratio, as a straight line to which the third A has a given ratio is to the fourth B ; which is the enunciation of this 73d, and was thus changed that it might be made like to that of prop. 72. in this edition, which is
the 82d in the Greek text : And the demonstration of prop. 73. is the same with that of prop. 72. only making use of prop. 23. iristead of prop. 22. of book 5. of the Elements.
PRO P. LXXVII.
This is put in place of prop. 79. in the Greek text, which is not a datum, but a theorem premised as a lemma to prop. 80. in that text : And prop. 79. is made cor. 1. to prop. 77. in this edition. Cl. Hardy, in his edition of the data, takes no. tice, that in prop. 80. of the Greek text, the parallel KL in the figure of prop. 77. in this edition, must meet the circumference, but does not demonstrate it, which is done here at the end of cor. 3. of prop: 77. in the construction for finding a triangle fimilar to ABC.
PRO P. LXXVIII.
The demonstration of this, which is prop. 80. in the Greek, is rendered a good deal shorter by help of prop. 77.
PRO P. LXXIX. LXXX. LXXXI.
These are added to Euclid's data, as propositions which are often useful in the solution of problems.
This, which is prop. 60. in the Greek text, is placed before the 83d and 84th, which in the Greek are the 38th and 59th, because the demonstration of these two in this edition are deduced from that of prop. 82. from which they naturally follow.
PRO P. LXXXVIII. XC.
Dr Gregory, in his preface to Euclid's works, which he published at Oxford in 1703, after having told that he had supplied the defects of the Greek text of the data in innu. merable places from several manuscripts, and corrected Ci. Hardy's translation by Mr Bernard's, adds, that the 86th theorem,“ or propofition," seemed to be remarkably vitiated, but which could not be restored by help of the manuscripts; then he gives three different translations of it in Latin, according to which he thinks it may be read; the two first have no distinct meaning, and the third, which he says is the best, though it contains a true proposition, which is the goth in this e
dition, has no connection in the least with the Greek text. And it is strange that Dr Gregory did not observe, that, if prop. 86. was changed into this, the demonstration of the 86th must be cancelled, and another put in its place : But the truth is, both the enunciation and the demonstration of prop. 86. are quite entire and right, only prop. 87. which is more Gimple, ought to have been placed before it; and the deficiency which the Doctor justly observes to be in this part of Euclid's data, and which, no doubt, is owing to the carelessness and ignorance of the Greek editors, fhould have been supplied, not by changing prop. 86. which is both entire and necessary, but by adding the two propositions, which are the 88th and goth in this edition.
PRO P. XCVIII. C.
These were communicated to me by two excellent geometers, the first of them by the Right Honourable the Earl of Stanhope, and the other by Dr Matthew Stewart; to which I have added the demonstrations.
Though the order of the propositions has been in many places changed from that in former editions, yet this will be of little disadvantage, as the antient geometers never cite the data, and the moderns very rarely.
S that part of the composition of a problem which is its
jvgs by beginners : For their fake the following example is given, in which the derivation of the several paris of the conitruction from the analysis is particularly shown, that they may be affifted to do the like in other problems.
P R O B L E M.
Having given the magnitude of å parallelogram, the angle of which ABC is given, and also the excess of the square of its fide BC above the square of the side AB; to find its fides, and describe it.
The analysis of this is the same with the demonstration of the 87th prop. of the data, and the construction that is given of the problem at the end of that proposition is thus derived from ihe analygis.
Let EFG be equal to the given angle ABC, and because in the analysis it is said that the ratio of the rectangle AB, BC to the parallelogram AC is given by the 62d prop. dat. therefore, from a point in FE, the perpendicular EG is drawn to FG, as the ratio of FE to EG is the ratio of the rectangle
F G L O
AB, BC to the parallelogram AC by what is shown at the end
prop. 62. Next, the magnitude of AC is exhibited by making the rectangle EG, GH equal to it; and the given excess of the square of BC above the square of BA, to which excess the rectangle CB, BD is equal, is exhibited by the rectangle HG, GL: Then in the analysis, the rectangle AB BC is said to be given, and this is equal to the rectangle FE, GH, because the rectangle AB, BC is to the parallelogram AC, as (FE to EG, that is, as the rectangle) FE, GH to EG, GH; and the parallelogram AC is equal to the rectangle EG, GH, therefore the rectangle AB, BC, is equal to FĚ, GH: And consequently the ratio of the rectangle CB, BD, that is, of the rectangle HG, GL, to AB, BC, that is, of the straight line DB to BA, is the same with the ratio (of the rectangle GL, GH to FE, GH, that is) of the straight line GL to FE, which ratio of DB to BA is the next thing said to be given in the analysis : From this it is plain that the square of FE is to the square of GL, as the square of BA, which is equal to the rectangle BC, CD, is to the square of BD: The ratio of which spaces is the next thing said to be given : And from this it follows that four times the square of FÈ is to the square of GL, as four times the rectangle BC, CD is to the square of BD; and, by composition, four times the square of FE together with the square of GL, is to the square of GL, as four times the reclangle BC, CD together with the square of BD, is to the square of BD, that is (8. 6.) as the square of the straight lines BC, CD) taken together is to the square of BD, which ratio is the next thing said to be given in the analyfis : And because four times the square of FE and the square of GL are to be added together; therefore in the perpendicular