516: Beautiful Geometry by Eli Maor and Eugen Jost

by Gerard


516: Maor, Eli and Eugen Jost. Beautiful Geometry. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. 173 pp. ISBN 978-0-691-15099-4.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 500: Science
  • 510: Mathematics
  • 516: Geometry

If you want to love, or even like, geometry again, then this book might just do it. Beautiful Geometry pairs Maor’s elegant proofs with Jost’s vivid illustrations to help the layman understand geometry. They start with the basics—point, lines, and shapes—and work their way to Euclid, then prime geometry, infinite series, the golden ratio, experimentation with pi, parabolic geometry, and even fractals and epicycloids. There’s a fair amount of history on famous geometers and how they arrived at their discoveries. At the very least, if the proofs bore you, you can always marvel at the visuals. They’re worth the cost of admission. A quick and pretty book.