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."
Marcus du Sautoy
Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford
Reader in Roman History at Birkbeck University of London
Professor of the History of Mathematics at the Open University
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Karine Chemla (ed.) The History of Mathematical Proof in Ancient Traditions (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Euclid (eds. Thomas L. Heath and Dana Densmore), Elements (first published 1908; Green Lion Press, 2002)
J. L. Heilbron, Geometry Civilized: History, Culture, and Technique (Oxford University Press, 2000)
Ian Mueller, Philosophy of Mathematics and Deductive Structure in Euclid's Elements (MIT Press, 1981)
|Interviewed Guest||Marcus du Sautoy|
|Interviewed Guest||June Barrow-Green|