Seeking Meaning? Try Starting with the Elements

February 10, 2016 Christopher B. Nelson

The study of mathematics here at St. John’s begins with Euclid’s Elements, the wonderfully inventive book that takes us from the simplest beginnings of geometry to the highly complicated construction of five Platonic solids. Studying Euclid engages us in an activity that brings geometrical objects into being even as we recognize them for what they already are, eternal and unchanging,

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