What's the best edition of Euclid's Elements?
The only complete version I can find is this one, but as you can see there's a couple of problems with it.
There's 2 problems with it. Dana Densmore, the Jewish editor is depicting Euclid as black on the cover and he is drawing a star of David. I don't really care about a woman being on the cover nor are women too stupid for geometry, that is just a silly thing to say.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but when you google her name you see a lot of crazy shit.
Dana Densmore, on celibacy - A Radical Transfeminist
Dana Densmore, on celibacy http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/scriptorium/wlm/fun-games1/#celibacy “ This is a call not for celibacy but for an acceptance of ...
What the fuck is a transfeminist?
There's no reason to be paranoid about that though.
If you actually did significant research (and not just panic-stricken tinfoil hat shit by looking at the cover art) you'd see that Elements proper in that book are Thomas Heath translation that's been in use since the 1800s.
But she has edited it. That means that, although the bulk of the work is Heath's, some words have been changed as well as possibly the organization (paragraph breaks, etc.). This brings in bias.
Assuming you want an English translation, Thomas Heath's translation has been standard in English for about a century, IIRC. This is available in three cheap Dover volumes (my set), but IIRC the same basic thing was also combined into a Barnes and Noble omnibus, which you can find by just waltzing into any large B&N with a DECENT (by BN standards) math-science section.
It's the type of thing that a bookstore likes to to able to say it stocks, being an important text in western civilization.
Of course, you can easily get Euclid over the internet or internet commerce, if you are sufficiently determined (I understand you can just place orders for things online and they get delivered to your door, these days, those crazy kids). But since OP sounds like a person after my own heart and prefers to just pick things up in real stores, do this OP: find a new-retail general bookstore that's "good enough", and write down the EANs of one of the above sets, and have them bring it in. Or if you're feeling adventurous, volunteer your credit-card data to dover's payment solution that I bet exists.
I have this edition. It's nice. There's nothing wrong with it.
>learning geometry from the elements
hipsters of the math world, seriously. do you carry a slate and chalk around with you or are you so hipster you only do geometry in sand at the beach with a stick?
What in the fuck?
I have that book. It's pretty good. it's fucking Euclid for fuck's sake OP what did you expect.
Not even sure why you're reading Euclid anyway to be honest. It isn't going to help you, at all. People don't even teach it anymore really. It's just good as a historical mathematical book these days. So unless you intend to become a professor of historical mathematics, not sure why the fuck you care which version you are using.
The person traditionally believed to be Euclid (or possibly Archimedes) is standing in the picture. The person framed in the book cover is not a known person. Look at the full picture, a whole lot of hover hands there.
the book cover is literally this part