THE EUCLID PROJECT
What is the Euclid Project?
The goal of the Euclid Project is to create and make available a multimedia edition of Euclid, including the classical dynapics of the Platonic Academy, as reconstructed from Euclid's text itself, to enable the restoration of Euclid to the school math program
What materials are being prepared?
There are three sets of materials in preparation:
- VEE: the visual elements of Euclid this is the verbatim text of Euclid, from the classic translation of Sir Thomas Heath, ca 1900, expanded by the addition of many color drawings to each proposition.
- VCE: the visual constructions of euclid the constructions (special propositions which solve a geometric problem) have been extracted from VEE,without the proofs, but with the further expansion by the completion of all subroutines (where Euclid says it can be done, we go ahead and do it).
- Utilities: a collection of computer programs of use to the student or teacher of the Elements. For example:
- a list of dependencies for each proposition (which propositions need or are needed by others),
- ditto for the constructions,
- hyperlinks for dependencies in the proofs.
Which are ready?
In first draft,
- VEE is complete through book 6 of the 13,
- VCE through book 4 is due later this year,
- the utilities are nearly ready.
How can they be obtained?
All are freely available on the web, at www.vismath.org/euclid.
When will it be finished?
We hope that VCE will be published as a book, including VEE and the utlities on a companion CDROM. Meanwhile, they will remain freely available on the web, and a CDROM copy of the current state (as you see on the web) is available from the VMI.
What will they cost?
We anticipate $60 for the bok/CDROM package, but this will be up o the publisher. The draft CDROM will be sold by the VMI (a nonprofit) for ca $40.
What is the VMI?
The VMI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation set up by me in 1994, formerly an unofficial program of UCSC. Its goal is to further math, experimental dynamics, complex dynamics, and chaos theory, its applications and experiments.
How is it funded?
The VMI is funded by my lecture fees, consulting fees, book royalties, and from time to time, a small grant from an individual or agency.