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Euclid's Elements has been the standard in geometry textbooks for millennia, with hundreds of editions published since the ancient Greek mathematician created it at around the year 300 BCE. One edition was particularly noteworthy for its technological innovation: Oliver Byrne's 1847 edition, which stood out for its cutting-edge use of multiple colors in its diagrams rather than traditionally written labels, lending it an artistic quality as well as making the ideas easier to understand. Now, Byrne's Euclid has entered the digital era thanks to Chicago-based web designer and artist Nicholas Rougeux, who recreated Byrne's edition as an interactive website. Launched in December 2018, this project faithfully reproduces Byrne's version of Elements in its entirety, including its color scheme, graphics, and typography. Here, visitors can view all six books of Byrne's edition as well as its introduction and glossary of symbols, which Rougeux has enhanced with clickable shapes to help illustrate the ideas being discussed as well as links to cross-references within the text. Those interested in the background of this project should visit its about page, where they will find a short summary and a link to a lengthy blog post explaining how Rougeux created this site.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-02-15
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0215

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