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History Scrapbook Vikas Rajasekaran

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S: Euclid: Understanding the Truth

BC: The End Euclid died on 260 BCE, but his legacy continues with the search for the ever eluding truth.

FC: Euclid | Understanding the Truth By: Vikas Rajasekaran 2/6/12 Period 7

1: 1. Euclid's quest for the truth began at Plato's Academy in Athens, Greece. He was young at the time and Plato and many of his teachers were widely known as the best in all of Greece. These teachers sparked an interest in Euclid which soon turned into a drive to find the truth for Euclid.

2: 2. After Euclid had grown older he left Plato’s Academy in search of something even greater to fuel his ever growing desire to learn. Euclid began to create concepts and principles in the field of mathematics and wrote a book about his findings, which made Euclid famous, and it was called The Elements.

3: 3. The Elements is a book that delves into the basics of Geometry. Euclid writes about three major concepts in it which dealt with Plane Geometry in books one through four, Ratios and Proportions in books five through ten, and finally Spatial Geometry in books eleven to thirteen.

4: 4. The series of books called The Elements become the basis in the search for the truth in Mathematics and now all geometry in this book is now called Euclidean Geometry after the creator, Euclid. This is Euclid’s most valuable contribution in his search for the truth.

5: 5. Just as the truth as always been true throughout time, so has many of Euclid’s principles. Euclid created the Euclidean Algorithm which is still in use today and is one of the more efficient methods to find the GCF and GCD. This algorithm is one of the oldest numerical algorithms in history that is still in common use because it is true.

6: 6. Euclid invented a method which is known as Euclid’s method. Euclid's method means to prove mathematical theorems by logical deduction from accepted principles and is still the bulk of mathematics even today. This method became very clear in his work and this concept became into the concept of the proof.

7: 7. After Euclid finished his book the Element's, he wanted to spread the truth he learned to other people so he taught at the Library of Alexandria, which is where he also taught many other up and coming geniuses. This was one of his many contributions to find his truth by creating pupils to continue his legacy and find the truth.

8: 8.As another way to spread his truth and have a positive influence in the world was by educating the rich and powerful privately. This enabled him to improve many powerful people's mind like King Ptolemy and let them make the right choices. He was famous for one quote; which was “There is no royal road to Geometry” which he said to King Ptolemy when he asked Euclid if there was an easier way.

9: 9. All of the Geometry theorems Euclid has created has always came from a small set of axioms. He created most of his Geometry short and sweet just like the truth and created a multitude of truths as portrayed in the Elements. As it turns out turning a simple proved thing into complicated theorems and laws is Euclid’s version of the truth.

10: 330 BCE - 260 BCE | Euclid passed away in 260 BCE. When he died his search for the truth did not as there are still countless mathematicians teaching and researching in Euclid's footsteps. Euclid is now regarded as the “Father of Geometry” and is book the Elements is the most successful textbook in the history of mathematics.

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