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Diagrams in ancient manuscripts

Postby Joseph Malkevitch » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:03 pm

Dear Colleagues,

Modern practices of exposition often use diagrams and examples to help clarify conceptual content. In books of historic importance such as Euclid's Elements, modern editions often have accompanying illustrations. It is unclear exactly what was done by Euclid. Here is a recent article about current understandings of the way the diagrams in Euclid's work came about and evolved:

http://www.pnas.org/content/114/47/12353.full.pdf

Some authors of research articles are reluctant to use diagrams lest they deceive readers into believing that a "proof" depends on the diagrams. Personally, I am a big fan of diagrams but for exposition and research papers.

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Joe
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York College (CUNY)
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