Euclid's Elements

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Few books in history have affected the development of mathematical, scientific, and philosophical thought more than Euclid's Elements.

The propositions in the first 4 books form the geometric core of the work. Each proposition, intended to prove a particular mathematical statement, is accompanied by a figure. The conclusion established by the proposition forms a premise used to prove the following propositions.

We have turned the 127 original black and white static figures into colorful, interactive apps that illustrate the propositions dynamically.

What translator Sir Thomas Heath calls "one of the noblest monuments of antiquity" is newly dressed for the 21st century, made possible by Geometry Expressions software from Saltire Software.


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Proposition 35.

Parallelograms which are on the same base and in the same parallels are equal to one another.

Let ABCD, EBCF be parallelograms on the same base BC and in the same parallels AF, BC; I say that ABCD is equal to the parallelogram EBCF.

For, since ABCD is a parallelogram, AD is equal to BC. [Prop. 1.34]

For the same reason also EF is equal to BC, so that AD is also equal to EF; [C.N. 1] and DE is common; therefore the whole AE is equal to the whole DF. [C.N. 2]

But AB is also equal to DC; [Prop. 1.34] therefore the two sides EA, AB are equal to the two sides FD, DC respectively, and the angle FDC is equal to the angle EAB, the exterior to the interior; [Prop. 1.29] therefore the base EB is equal to the base FC, and the triangle EAB will be equal to the triangle FDC. [Prop. 1.4]

Let DGE be subtracted from each; therefore the trapezium ABGD which remains is equal to the trapezium EGCF which remains. [C.N. 3]

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