Euclid’s Elements
28 Apr, 2016
510 Mathematics
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Euclid’s Elements, a mathematical text book attributed to Euclid and in use from its appearance in Alexandria, Egypt around 300 BC until modern times, dealing with geometry and number theory. It has been described as the most influential text book ever written. Einstein had a copy as a child, which he treasured, later saying “If Euclid failed to kindle your youthful enthusiasm, then you were not born to be a scientific thinker.”
Guests
 Marcus du Sautoy
15 episodes
Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford  Serafina Cuomo
6 episodes
Reader in Roman History at Birkbeck University of London  June BarrowGreen
3 episodes
Professor of the History of Mathematics at the Open University
Reading list

The History of Mathematical Proof in Ancient Traditions
Karine Chemla (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2012) Google Books → 
Elements
Euclid (eds. Thomas L. Heath and Dana Densmore) (Green Lion Press, 2002) Google Books → 
Geometry Civilized: History, Culture, and Technique
J. L. Heilbron (Oxford University Press, 2000) Google Books → 
Philosophy of Mathematics and Deductive Structure in Euclid's Elements
Ian Mueller (MIT Press, 1981) Google Books →
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