The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid

The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid In Which Coloured Diagrams and Symbols Are Used Instead of Letters for the Greater Ease of Learners - Bibliotheca Universalis

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Synopsis

Nearly a century before Mondrian made geometrical red, yellow, and blue lines famous, 19th-century mathematician Oliver Byrne employed the color scheme for his 1847 edition of Euclid's mathematical and geometric treatise Elements. Byrne's idea was to use color to make learning easier and "diffuse permanent knowledge." The result has been described as one of the oddest and most beautiful books of the 19th century.

The facsimile of Byrne's vivid publication is now available as part of TASCHEN'S Bibliotheca Universalis series. A masterwork of art and science, it is as beautiful in the boldness of its red, yellow, and blue figures and diagrams as it is in the mathematical precision of its theories. In the simplicity of forms and colors, the pages anticipate the vigor of De Stijl and Bauhaus design. In making complex information at once accessible and aesthetically engaging, this work is a forerunner to the information graphics that today define much of our data consumption.

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Bibliotheca Universalis-Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!

Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together more than 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm's delight-never bore, always excite!

Book information

ISBN: 9783836559386
Publisher: TASCHEN
Imprint: Taschen
Pub date:
DEWEY: 516.2
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English,German,French
Sales rank: 7718
Number of pages: xxix, 493
Weight: 1202g
Height: 152mm
Width: 209mm
Spine width: 45mm