What is the point?

‘As in Geometry, the most natural way of beginning is from a Mathematical point … closing’. So begins Robert Hooke’s extended verbal and visual pun on Euclid’s Elements, at the start of his Micrographia (1665). The Elements opens with the definitions of the point and line as Platonic ideals; Hooke… Read More »What is the point?


Diagram It is not known how the diagrams in the first edition of Euclid (1482), though it is clear they were not printed from woodcuts. In this article I will describe the ways that diagrams have been printed in books up to the end of the eighteenth century. But first… Read More »Diagram