Oliver Byrne. The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid


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Nearly a century before Mondrian made geometrical red, yellow, and blue lines famous, 19th-century mathematician Oliver Byrne employed the color scheme for his 1847 edition of Euclid’s mathematical and geometric treatise Elements. Byrne’s idea was to use color to make learning easier and “diffuse permanent knowledge.” The result has been described as one of the oddest and most beautiful books of the 19th century.

The facsimile of Byrne’s seminal publication is now available in a beautiful new edition. A masterwork of art and science, it is as remarkable in the boldness of its red, yellow, and blue figures and diagrams as it is in the mathematical precision of its theories. In the simplicity of forms and colors, the pages anticipate the vigor of De Stijl and Bauhaus design. In making complex information at once accessible and aesthetically engaging, this work is a forerunner to the information graphics that today define much of our data consumption.

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Weight 1720 g
Dimensions 21.6 x 26.4 cm
Publisher name TASCHEN
Publication date 4 November 2022
Number of pages 396
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Werner Oechslin
Dimensions 21.6 x 26.4 cm
Weight 1720 g


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