Euclid's Elements

Overview

Greek language

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: Stoicheia) is a mathematical

Mathematics

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and geometric

Geometry

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treatise

Treatise

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consisting of 13 books written by the Greek mathematician

Greek mathematics

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Euclid

Euclid

Euclid , fl. 300 BC, also known as Euclid of Alexandria, was a Greek mathematician, often referred to as the "Father of Geometry". He was active in Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy I...

in Alexandria

Alexandria

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c. 300 BC. It is a collection of definitions, postulates (axiom

Axiom

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s), propositions (theorem

Theorem

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s and constructions), and mathematical proof

Mathematical proof

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s of the propositions. The thirteen books cover Euclidean geometry

Euclidean geometry

Euclidean geometry is a mathematical system attributed to the Alexandrian Greek mathematician Euclid, which he described in his textbook on geometry: the Elements. Euclid's method consists in assuming a small set of intuitively appealing axioms, and deducing many other propositions from these...

and the ancient Greek version of elementary number theory

Number theory

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. The work also includes an algebraic system that has become known as geometric algebra, which is powerful enough to solve many algebraic problems, including the problem of finding the square root

Square root

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