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Mathematical Treasures - Gaspard Monge's Descriptive Geometry

Frank J. Swetz and Victor J. Katz


This is the title page to the 1811 edition of the Descriptive Geometry of Gaspard Monge (1746-1818).  This book deals with methods for representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions.  It was written to accompany Monge's courses at the Ècole Polytechnique in Paris. 




page from Monge's book (plate 14) illustrating projections obtained by cutting a cone with an oblique plane.

Frank J. Swetz and Victor J. Katz, "Mathematical Treasures - Gaspard Monge's Descriptive Geometry," Convergence (January 2011)

Mathematical Treasures from the Smith and Plimpton Collections at Columbia University