Elementary, My Dear Students... Elementary!
Dr. Youssef Ismail
The Greek mathematician Euclid’s Elements set the ancient mathematical and scientific world on an incredible trajectory that brought us to a world heavily steeped in technology that is so familiar to us today. In this short lecture, I will give an overview of what the thirteen books of the Elements contain and explore the method by which Euclid establishes mathematical truths from foundational principles and logical reasoning. In particular, we will examine three of the forty-eight propositions detailed in Book 1 to elucidate the elegance of the method of proof utilized throughout all thirteen books.