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If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, `Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number?' No. `Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?' No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.
Treatise Concerning Human Understanding.
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David Joyce's Website
The first website to consult if you are interested in
This website contains a complete English translation of all thirteen books. However, the best feature of the site is the use of Java applets to illustrate many of the diagrams contained in this important work. A student can go to a particular proposition and experience a demonstration of it simply by moving a point in the diagram that illustrates that proposition. Several users have shared their praise for this aspect of the website.
While the Elements is the jewel of this website, David Joyce has attempted to fashion the site into general repository of knowledge on the history of mathematics. There is a link to Hilbert’s 1900
However, the feature of David Joyce’s website which is most noticeably lacking is the mathematics. Aside from the section on Euclid and one on Plimpton 322 there are almost no examples of actual mathematics, particularly, in the sections on regional mathematics, i.e, the mathematics of Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, China, India, and the Arab world. Several of these sub units give links to the MacTutor site previously reviewed in Convergence . After seeing these links over and over again, why wouldn’t someone just go directly to the MacTutor website?