- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 December 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486658120
- ISBN-13: 978-0486658124
- Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
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Geometry: A Comprehensive Course (Dover Books on Mathematics) Paperback – 1 Dec 1988
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This book is not for the novice. In particular, if this is the reader's first exposure to projective geometry, I think he or she could wind up quite bewildered by it all. A better place to start is Coxeter's "Projective Geometry", which is mainly synthetic, and gets the principal results without bouncing between different dimensions, algebraic vs. synthetic, etc.
The exercises are excellent! What a wonderful choice of interesting and enlightening results. No dreary "working out the details of the theory" here!
If you are looking for a book that assumes you understand some higher topics in mathematics (i.e. college sophomore-level maths), then by all means, you are the assumed audience. This is not meant as a replacement to Euclid's "The Elements" or the book would have entirely been a lot thicker in size and probably more in cost. This is not a "Master Math: Geometry" type book.
I bought this book because of the section on projective geometry, but I also wanted a book to reference other topics as well. I'm using this book as a supplement rather than an actual course.
You will find the solution to the Napoleon's test problem: How to construct the center of a circle using only a compass!! Try it first, after you reviewed the chapter on inversion!!