For several millenia, Euclid’s Elements was considered the indispensable gateway to higher studies. Like St. Thomas’s Summa theologiae, the Elements is that rare work that is both an excellent textbook attentive to the needs of new students and one of the great masterpieces of geometry.
This course will lead participants on a broad tour of the first ten books of the Elements, which encompasses all of Euclid’s plane geometry. Participants will get a taste of demonstrating prepositions, while seeing proofs for fundamental equalities concerning triangles, parallelograms, and circles. Then attention will be turned to Euclid’s treatment of measurement, similarity, and incommensurability. Discussions will center on understanding Euclid’s arguments & order, with comparisons to modern developments in mathematics.
Dr. Andrew Seeley has decades of experience in leading discussions of great texts of all kinds, including original texts in ancient and modern mathematics and science.