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Andromeda66
22-10-05, 16:09
GREEK SEMINAL 300 BC BOOK IS A BIBLE TO MATHEMATICIANS THE WORLD OVER

The oldest survivng manuscript of Euclid's ELEMENTS, considered the Bible of mathematics, has been published in a digital form at Oxford.

Considered the most influential mathematical work, it has been published in digital form under a collaboration between the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library, the Clay Mathematics Institute and Octavo Corporation.

Greek mathematician Euclid wrote the "elements" around 300 BC, in wihch he summarized the preceding two centuries of mathematical research. The oldest surviving copy of Euclid's ELEMENTS, handwritten in 888 AD on parchment, has been housed in the Bodleian library since 1804. Few people have ever seen the manuscript, but this is about to change now that it has been published for the first time in digital form online.

In 2004, the Clay Mathematics Instititute discusse with the Bodleian Library and Octavo Corporation, one of the leading firms in highest-quality rare book digitisation, a proposal to produce a digital edition of this earliest of Euclid manuscripts. The result, just over a year later, is a complete digital edition of the manuscript that can be consulted on the web at www.octavo.com. (http://www.octavo.com.)