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One of the World's Most Influential Math Texts is Getting a Beautiful, Minimalist Edition (theverge.com) 81

An anonymous reader shares a report: A couple of years ago, a small publisher called Kroncker Wallis issued a handsome, minimalist take on Isaac Newton's Principia. Now, the publisher is embarking on its next project: Euclid's Elements. The publisher is using Kickstarter to fund this new edition. Euclid's Elements is a mathematical text written by Greek mathematician Euclid around 300 BCE and has been called one of the most influential textbooks ever produced. The treatise contains 13 separate books, covering everything from plane geometry, the Pythagorean theorem, golden ratio, prime numbers, and quite a bit more. The books helped to influence scientists such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, and Sir Isaac Newton. In 1847, an English mathematician named Oliver Byrne re-wrote the first six books of Euclid's Elements, taking its concepts and illustrating them.
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One of the World's Most Influential Math Texts is Getting a Beautiful, Minimalist Edition

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is a minimalist edition of "The C Programming Language" going to be next?

  • You will be able to buy a new 2300 year old dead tree book.
    Soon.

  • Should be awesome (Score:5, Informative)

    by Potor ( 658520 ) <[farker1] [at] [gmail.com]> on Monday September 04, 2017 @12:21PM (#55137379) Journal

    I have an edition of Byrne's first six books - it is beautiful, and given his approach, quite useful.

    Can't wait for somebody to finish his work, esp. the illustrated version of the irrationality of the square root of 2.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Taschen did a beautiful edition of Euclid's Elements a couple of years ago based on Byrne's english edition.
    The only downside was that the book included only the first 6 books of the Elements.
    The paper used was very high quality, the illustrations poped out of the page and Taschen didn't skimp on using nice black ink (among other colors). Even the price was correct.

    For 180$ this new edition on kickstarter has to blow the Taschen one out of the water, and I don't think it will be able to do it.

    • by Potor ( 658520 )

      I agree: Taschen did a great job on Byrne's book. But Taschen did so on a book that was already written, and long out of copyright.

      This new book is yet to be written, and, having done a few books myself priced in this range, I know that this price is not exorbitant.

      Finally, as a corollary to the above, this book does not compete with anything Taschen has done, so it need not blow the earlier work out of the water. It simply needs to be good on its own terms.

    • the illustrations poped out of the page

      I don't know vat I can say about that.

  • Sorry, the 'web page layout' and orange text just kill it for me. That's a big No-No in typesetting, at least in the one to which I subscribe.
    • by period3 ( 94751 )

      Me too. I like the idea, but hate the aesthetics. This is a very ugly book. Also, I don't want a gigantic textbook. I'm not going to take out a textbook and plop it on my table like a student. I'm done with that.
         

  • by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Monday September 04, 2017 @01:36PM (#55137697)

    Euclid's Elements is a mathematical text written by Greek mathematician Euclid around 300 BCE.

    What does BCE mean? Is it the Canadian version of BC?

    Before Christ, Eh?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The BCE above stands for "Before Current Era".

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Political correctness has decreed we not use BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) but BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era) for dates.
      I don't know who we don't have to offend anymore. Maybe the Aliens ?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Overly exuberant historians have, in the past, shown a proclivity towards imprecision and imagination in their findings and measurements. "CE" is used simply to indicate that you take the scientific process seriously, while "AD" will be used by those who peddle counterfeit Shrouds of Turin. The terminology is not Politically Correct (TM), quite the contrary. It's inflammatory; deliberately offensive, even. It's a line in the sand declaring that Christian hoodoo has no (further) place in scientific journals.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          "CE" is used simply to indicate that you take the scientific process seriously, while "AD" will be used by those who peddle counterfeit Shrouds of Turin.

          Bull. The users of "CE" are a smug bunch that haven't noticed the rest of us have moved on. "CE" usage is dead. Even the Discovery Channel has given up on using "CE" as a PC term and gone back to simple BC and AD which have been used for the past 2000 years. Using BCE and CE is about as laughable as using the Gregorian calendar and Julian dates. I'm tired of pandering to that group of pedantic "scholars".

          -=-=-

      • Re:Okay, I'll bite (Score:5, Informative)

        by CODiNE ( 27417 ) on Monday September 04, 2017 @05:48PM (#55138563) Homepage

        It's been the scholarly habit for decades and has nothing to do with Political Correctness, it's simply and incorrect and religiously charged term. It's not even the right year for Jesus' birth.

        • Theres a similar issue in German: v.Chr. (vor Christus = BC) and n.Chr. (nach Christus = AD). However, the only "scholars" who used v.u.Z. and n.u.Z. (vor / nach unserer Zeitrechnung) were the communists in the former GDR.

      • by hey! ( 33014 )

        Well, there's political correctness. But there's also uncertainty as to the exact dates for Jesus of Nazareth's life... assuming he existed.

    • BCE means before common age.
      No idea why _americans_ invented that term when we simply can say 'before christ' and 'after christ' like the rest of the world does,

  • There are already very nice versions of the text. I have the Green Lion Press version (less than $20 new). If you want absolutely everything, the Dover Books 3 volume set is near-definitive and cheap (and available as eBook). The text has been around for centuries so adding colour doesn't help that much. The publisher's efforts could be better spent on other worthwhile tasks.
    • But this one uses Kickstarter, the business equivalent of 3D printing.

  • "My Principia arrived today. It’s beautiful, thank you so much. I only wish now that I ordered two of them." What for? One for reading while taking a shit and the other one to wipe his ass?

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