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Byrne. Six Books of Euclid
Hardcover - French

An altogether unusual beauty, Byrne's edition of Euclid's Elements combines bold primary color with mathematical precision in one dazzling display of color, form, and geometry. ...

Nearly a century before Mondrian made geometrical red, yellow, and blue lines famous, 19th-century mathematician Oliver Byrne employed the color scheme for his 1847 edition of Euclid's mathematical and geometric treatise Elements. Byrne's idea was to use color to make learning easier and "diffuse permanent knowledge." The result has been described as one of the oddest and most beautiful books of the 19th century.

The facsimile of Byrne's vivid publication is now available as part of TASCHEN'S Bibliotheca Universalis series. A masterwork of art and science, it is as beautiful in the boldness of its red, yellow, and blue figures and diagrams as it is in the mathematical precision of its theories. In the simplicity of forms and colors, the pages anticipate the vigor of De Stijl and Bauhaus design. In making complex information at once accessible and aesthetically engaging, this work is a forerunner to the information graphics that today define much of our data consumption.

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Oechslin, Werner
Werner Oechslin studierte Kunstgeschichte, ArchAologie, Philosophie und Mathematik in ZA1/4rich und Rom. Er lehrte am MIT in Cambridge und an den UniversitAten in Bonn und Genf. Seit 1985 ist er Professor fA1/4r Kunst- und Architekturgeschichte an der ETH ZA1/4rich. 1987 war er Gastprofessor an der Harvard University. Von 1986 bis 2006 leitete er das Institut fA1/4r Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur. Zahlreiche Publikationen zu Architekturgeschichte, Architekturtheorie und Kunstgeschichte. Werner Oechslin ist GrA1/4nder und Stifter der "Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin" in Einsiedeln.

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