Punch,  36 (1859), 257.

Euclid made Easy



News-Commentary, Drollery


Mathematics, Universities, Education, Amusement

    Discusses a remark of James J Sylvester, made at King's College, Cambridge, that Gaspard Monge could make a 'complex geometrical figure' more intelligible by a 'turn of the wrist' and 'shrug of the shoulders'. Imagines the hilarious faces that could be pulled to show abstruse geometrical figures and suggests that Cambridge professors could teach Euclid and other aspects of mathematics by pulling faces.

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