Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements, Vol. 1
This unabridged Dover edition contains the complete English text (translated by Sir Thomas Heath) of the Elements, written by the famous Greek mathematician Euclid, plus a critical apparatus which analyzes each definition, postulate, and proposition in great detail. It encompasses almost 2500 years of mathematical and historical study, and though the material is fairly old, it's still considered by many to be the standard by which all other geometry texts are measured. The book is divided into sections, the first of which introduces the life and other works of Euclid, Greek and Islamic commentators,
surviving manuscripts, translations, bases of Euclid's thoughts, and Books I and II of the
Elements (which cover straight lines, intersection of lines, angles, triangles, parallelograms, etc.). It covers the basics of geometry while Books III to XIII (which are not included in this edition) expand upon the info and add details on the more complicated aspects of geometry. Hundreds of figures help illustrate the proofs and rules that are explained. Like many Dover editions, lots of text is crammed onto one page to make the book shorter and more affordable. No practice exercises or reviews are provided, but the rules of geometry are explained with examples in a very straightforward way. 432 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel
From the captivating introductory question "Why study this stuff?" to the glorious full-color artwork representations to the sheer comprehensiveness of the coverage, I am enthralled with these books. Omnibus is Latin for "all encompassing; everything." The publishers couldn't have picked a better
Instead of isolating Bible and Christian history from what was happening in the rest of the world, the folks at Veritas aim to incorporate it. They offer four different history time periods (each aimed at a different grade level and designed to take one school year) which take students from creation to the present. The program originally had three parts: teacher's manual, history cards (an absolutely essential element of the curriculum) and a memory song on audio CD. The song is sung by a woman with a pleasant voice at varying tempos and is designed as a type of auditory time line. The history cards are fantastic! They have many interesting facets (the more you study them, the more you learn). The cards from the various time periods are color coded and numbered - there are 32 cards in each pack. If the cards also relate to Bible history they have another color and another number. Each card has a picture (usually in full color) representing what it is about. For example, the card for Creation has a reproduction of the Creation of the sun and moon from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo. Many of the other pictures on the other cards are famous paintings as well. Each card has a
First Semester Primary Books: Proverbs, Job, Psalms, Bacchae and Other Plays, Iliad of Homer, Introduction to Arisotle, Landmark Thucydides, Lysistrata and Other Plays, The Republic.
First Semester Secondary Books: Aesop's Fables (Signet Classic), Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Art and the Bible, Augustus Caesar's World, Death on the Nile, Troilus and Cressida, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.
Second Semester Primary: Gospel of Mark, Philippians and Colossians, Annals of Imperial Rome, Apostolic Fathers, Cicero: Selected Works, Eclogues and Georgics, New Complete Works of Josephus, Meditations, Metamorphosis, New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha, On the Nature of Things, Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements Vol. 1, War with Hannibal.
Second Semester Secondary Books: Antony and Cleopatra (Oxford School Shakespeare), Desiring God, Knowing God, Lost World, Mythology, Phantastes, Plutarch's Lives Vol. 2, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.