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Teaching Geometry through Euclid’s Elements

Euclid’s Elements is the most successful and influential mathematics textbooks ever written, served as the foundation of mathematical understanding for students for over two millennia, and stands as one of the greatest and most beautiful achievements of the human intellect produced by Western civilization. While it’s obvious that the Elements ought to stand at the center of a classical approach to math, it’s not at all obvious how to teach a class from the Elements. This talk aims to share practical reflections arising from several years of experience teaching geometry from Euclid, as well as some reflections on what this book has to teach us about that nature of mathematics and math instruction across the curriculum.