Title

Oliver Byrne’s Elements

Date

5-29-2014 11:30 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 1:30 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Mathematics

Session Chair

Michael Ward

Session Title

History of Mathematics Posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Michael Ward

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Around 300 B.C.E. a mathematician called Euclid wrote a comprehensive, mathematically rigorous account of geometry at that point in time. This is known as Euclid’s Elements. In 1847 Oliver Byrne wrote a partial translation of Euclid’s Elements. In this translation, Byrne translated Euclid’s proofs using colored pictures to represent Euclid’s text. The purpose of this was to focus the learner’s attention on visualization, and make the concepts covered within Elements simpler for the reader to understand. This presentation will attempt to explain in thorough detail Byrne’s proof of Proposition 47, or the Pythagorean Theorem, that is presented in his work.

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May 29th, 11:30 AM May 29th, 1:30 PM

Oliver Byrne’s Elements

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Around 300 B.C.E. a mathematician called Euclid wrote a comprehensive, mathematically rigorous account of geometry at that point in time. This is known as Euclid’s Elements. In 1847 Oliver Byrne wrote a partial translation of Euclid’s Elements. In this translation, Byrne translated Euclid’s proofs using colored pictures to represent Euclid’s text. The purpose of this was to focus the learner’s attention on visualization, and make the concepts covered within Elements simpler for the reader to understand. This presentation will attempt to explain in thorough detail Byrne’s proof of Proposition 47, or the Pythagorean Theorem, that is presented in his work.