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Making of Byrne’s Euclid

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    cptcobalt
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    This is insane. I can totally appreciate and understand the author's obsessive attention to detail in the reproduction. I wish I knew anything at all behind the math, so I could appreciate it...

    This is insane. I can totally appreciate and understand the author's obsessive attention to detail in the reproduction. I wish I knew anything at all behind the math, so I could appreciate it more. That said, the deep dive into the tech and design and reproduction is enough to leave my jaw clean on the floor.

    I do somehow wish there was a better form of markup than just HTML for this because it feels platform limited—the portability of this into something like a printed book is low.

    As an aside, I am extremely amused by the use of "the first six books of the elements of euclid in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the greater ease of learners" as an actual tag for this post in Tildes (edit: now removed—reasonably so). For what it's worth, that does seem to be the canonical title for the book, though Taschen's reprint uses a similar but slightly more simple "The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid" as their title. Perhaps Byrne was just an SEO pioneer?

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      hungariantoast
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      Darn, I didn't think to also include a tag for the shortened title as well. When I repost this in a year I'll have to remember.

      Darn, I didn't think to also include a tag for the shortened title as well. When I repost this in a year I'll have to remember.

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