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2008; 330 pp; hardcover
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Hadamard's Plane Geometry: A Reader's Companion - Mark Saul
This is a book in the tradition of Euclidean synthetic geometry written by one of the twentieth century's great mathematicians. The original audience was pre-college teachers, but it is useful as well to gifted high school students and college students, in particular, to mathematics majors interested in geometry from a more advanced standpoint.
The text starts where Euclid starts, and covers all the basics of plane Euclidean geometry. But this text does much more. It is at once pleasingly classic and surprisingly modern. The problems (more than 450 of them) are well-suited to exploration using the modern tools of dynamic geometry software. For this reason, the present edition includes a CD of dynamic solutions to select problems, created using Texas Instruments' TI-NspireTM Learning Software. The TI-NspireTM documents demonstrate connections among problems and--through the free trial software included on the CD--will allow the reader to explore and interact with Hadamard's Geometry in new ways. The material also includes introductions to several advanced topics. The exposition is spare, giving only the minimal background needed for a student to explore these topics. Much of the value of the book lies in the problems, whose solutions open worlds to the engaged reader.
And so this book is in the Socratic tradition, as well as the Euclidean, in that it demands of the reader both engagement and interaction. A forthcoming companion volume that includes solutions, extensions, and classroom activities related to the problems can only begin to open the treasures offered by this work. We are just fortunate that one of the greatest mathematical minds of recent times has made this effort to show to readers some of the opportunities that the intellectual tradition of Euclidean geometry has to offer.
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Undergraduate students and professors interested in Euclidean geometry.
"Overall, this is a fascinating book in which to dabble, with much elegance, and much that will inspire the reader. It is recommended to all readers from graduate students up."
-- Mathematical Reviews
"Hadamard's prose is clean and clear, focused and without frills."
-- MAA Reviews
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