euclid

Here are two passages from Shamos’s dissertation thesis, where he is looking at history of geometry from perspective of a computer scientist. Egyptian and Greek geometry were masterpieces of applied mathematics. It is well established that the original motivation for tackling geometric problems was the need to tax lands accurately and fairly and to erect buildings (Eves, 72). As often happens, the mathematics that developed has permanence and significance that far transcends Pharaoh’s original revenue problem. It is a field in which intuition abounds and new discoveries are within the […]