April 30 by The Running Son
Hate math? Intimidated? Fail-out like I did? Well, here is a short introduction to math as the fascinating, elegant and truth-telling discipline it has always been, whether we are left-brained or not. INTERESTING! ~jim
Treat yourself to a book or two of Euclid. You might discover an aesthetic you never knew existed, a beauty bare, austere, and elegant.
Forget about utility. Forget about any fear you might have of math, or some childhood humiliation you may have experienced. Expect a pleasant surprise. Just enjoy the geometrical progression of your rule and compass across the page, as they make visual music out of a geometrical problem.
The book begins with definitions, common notions, and postulates. These are the assumptions, the building blocks out of which everything else in the books of Euclid are made.
Take each proposition as a puzzle to solve, or a dilemma to resolve. The thing I love about geometry is how the visual and rational aspects come together there before you on a sheet of paper. Each construction seems to me to be a thing of beauty.
And I love Euclid’s…
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