Euclidean geometry is a mathematical seestem attributit tae the Alexandrian Greek mathematician Euclid, which he described in his textbeuk on geometry: the Elements. Euclid's method consists in assumin a smaa set o intuitively appealin axioms, an deducin mony ither propositions (theorems) frae these. Altho mony o Euclid's results haed been statit bi earlier mathematicians, Euclid wis the first tae shaw hou these proposeetions could fit intae a comprehensive deductive an logical seestem. The Elements begins wi plane geometry, still taught in seicontary schuil as the first axiomatic seestem an the first examples o formal proof. It gangs on tae the solid geometry o three dimensions. Much o the Elements states results o what are nou cried algebra an nummer theory, explained in geometrical leid.
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- Eves, vol. 1., p. 19
- Eves (1963), vol. 1, p. 10
- Eves, p. 19