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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Elucidating Euclid 6

Fitz 6 And the extremities of a surface are lines. Scope It’s a poem.  I’m pretty sure that, the first time I read this poem, I didn’t realize it was such a thing here by definition 6, yet.  The realization may not have dawned until far later or, possibly, even in my second or third […]

Elucidating Euclid 5

Fitz 5 And a surface is that which has length and breadth alone. Scope Do you recall how we moved our point – the very first one we created – and then, with visual memory were empowered to create the first line? Well, here we go again.  See your line, any line you wish, and […]

Elucidating Euclid 4

Fitz 4 A straight-line is whatever lies evenly with points upon itself. Scope Squiggles and turns, hills and valleys, curlicues and swirls, lines are free and can go anywhere they wish.  I don’t know why, but when I hear the word line I always see a straight line. I also don’t know why our translator […]

Elucidating Euclid 3

Fitz 3 And the extremities of a line are points. Scope Having enforced agonizing humility over God’s numbering abilities and our own finite, rigidly non-infinite incapacity to count the points on any line no matter how short, Euclid takes pity on us here.  One line, which is itself non-infinite – meaning it has extremities or […]

Elucidating Euclid 2

Fitz 2 And a line is length without breadth. Scope As always, I’m first tempted to disagree, and to be critical of and to fight with my master.  “Of course you can have something with length, but no breadth, and it might something other than a line!”, I proudly protest. “Okay,” he says, “what’s that […]

Elucidating Euclid 1

Fitz 1 A point is that of which there is no part. Scope So here we begin with Euclid’s first definition.  It’s a pretty amazing commencement.  He allows, to get started, a single aspect of a point to be its only definition.  It has no part.  I have truly struggled with this definition, and you […]

Elucidating Euclid – Introduction

Let’s get started with the question: Why? Why Euclid?  What possible tie to recruiting does he have?  And, which version of Euclid will we be working with? The version question is the easiest.  Here’s the best version in English, ever! http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/Books/Euclid/Elements.pdf Recruiters need to think.  Think about that.  What is thinking?  How do you know […]

E Pluribus Unum

As I usually do, I’ve been meditating about our American holiday today, Independence Day, and would like to offer a few thoughts. Let’s start with an early motto of ours, E Pluribus Unum; Out of Many, One. The math of this motto arises from 13 previously very separate colonies, all of whom rebelled against their […]