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Mathematical Treasure: Pacioli's Elements of Euclid

Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Luca Pacioli (1445-1517) published this Latin translation of Euclid's Elements in 1509. He based the work on a thirteenth century translation by Johannes Campanus (1220-1296).

These pages are from Euclid's Book III, on circles, and include propositions 31-34, above, and, separately, below.

Euclid’s Book III continues with propositions 35 and 36, above and, separately, below.

The Special Collections staff at the Linderman Library of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is pleased to cooperate with the Mathematical Association of America to exhibit this and other items from the Library’s holdings in Mathematical Treasures. In particular, Convergence would like to thank Lois Fischer Black, Curator, Special Collections, and Ilhan Citak, Archives and Special Collections Librarian, for their kind assistance in helping to make this display possible. You may use these images in your classroom; all other uses require permission from the Special Collections staff, Linderman Library, Lehigh University.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University), "Mathematical Treasure: Pacioli's Elements of Euclid," Convergence (June 2014)