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places, both in the order of the propositions, and in the definitions and demonstrations themselves. To correct the errors which are now found in it, and bring it nearer to the accuracy with which it was, no doubt, at first written by Euclid, is the design of this edition, that so it may be rendered more useful to geometers, at least to beginners who desire to learn the investigatory method of the ancients. And for their sakes, the compositions of most of the Data are subjoined to their demonstrations, that the compositions of problems solved by help of the Data may be the more easily made.
Marinus the philosopher's preface, which, in the Greek editions, is prefixed to the Data, is here left out, as being of no use to understand them. At the end of it, he says, that Euclid has not used the synthetical, but the analytical method in delivering them; in which he is quite mistaken; for, in the analysis of a theorem, the thing to be demonstrated is assumed in the analysis ; but in the demonstrations of the Data, the thing to be demonstrated, which is, that something or other is given, is never once assum. ed in the demonstration, from which it is manifest, that every one of them is demonstrated synthetically; though, indeed, if a proposition of the Data be turned into a problem, for example the 84th or 85th in the former editions, which here are the 85th and 86th, the demonstration of the proposition becomes the analysis of the problem.
Wherein this edition differs from the Greek, and the reasons of the alterations from it, will be shown in the notes at the end of the Data.
I. SPACES, lines, and angles, are said to be given in magnitude, when equals to them can be found.
II. A ratio is said to be given, when a ratio of a given magnitude to a given magnitude which is the same ratio with it can be found.
III. Rectilineal figures are said to be given in species, which have each of their angles given, and the ratios of their sides given.
IV. Points, lines, and spaces, are said to be given in position, which
have always the same situation, and which are either actually exhibited, or can be found.
A. An angle is said to be given in position, which is contained by
straight lines given in position.
A circle is said to be given in magnitude, when a straight line from its centre to the circumference is given in magnitude.
VI. A circle is said to be given in position and magnitude, the cen
tre of which is given in position, and a straight line from it to the circumference is given in magnitude.
VII. Segments of circles are said to be given in magnitude, when the angles in them, and their bases, are given in magnitude.
VIII. Segments of circles are said to be given in position and magni
tude, when the angles in them are given in magnitude, and their bases are given both in position and magnitude.
IX. A magnitude is said to be greater than another by a given mag
nitude, when this given magnitude being taken from it, the remainder is equal to the other magnitude.
X. A magnitude is said to be less than another by a given magni
tude, when this given magnitude being added to it, the whole
is equal to the other magnitude. *1.
PROPOSITION I. The ratios of given magnitudes to one another are given.
Let A, B be two given magnitudes, the ratio of A to B is given.
Because A is a given magnitude, there may (1. def. Dat.) be found one equal to it; let this be C, and because B is given, one equal to it may be found; let it be D; and since A is equal to C, and B to D; therefore (7. 5.) A is to B, as C to D; and consequently the ratio of A to B is given, because the ratio of the given magnitudes C, D, which is the same with it, has been found. A B C D
PROP. II. If a given magnitude has a given ratio to another magnitude, “and if unto the two magnitudes, by which the given ratio is exhibited, and the given magnitude, a fourth proportional can be found;" the other magnitude is given.t
Let the given magnitude A have a given ratio to the magnitude B; if a fourth proportional can be found to the three magnitudes above named, B is given in magnitude.
Because A is given, a magnitude may be found equal to it (1. def.); let this be C: and because the ratio of A to B is given, a ratio which is the same with it may be found; let A B C D this be the ratio of the given magnitude E to the given magnitude F : unto the magni
E F tudes E, F, C find a fourth proportional D), which, by the hypothesis, can be done. Wherefore because A is to B, as E to F; and as E to F, so is C to D; A is (11. 5.) to B, as C to
* The figures in the margin show the number of the propositions in the other editions.
D. But A is equal to C; therefore (14. 5.) B is equal to D. The magnitude B is therefore given (1. def.) because a magnitude D equal to it has been found.
The limitation within the inverted commas is not in the Greek text, but is now necessarily added ; and the same must be understood in all the propositions of the book which depend upon this second proposition, where it is not expressly mentioned. See the note upon it.
If any given magnitudes be added together, their sum shall be given.
Let any given magnitudes AB, BC be added together, their sum AC is given.
Because AB is given, a magnitude equal to it may be found (1. def.); let this be DE: and because
B С BC is given, one equal to it may be found; let this be EF: wherefore, because AB is equal to DE, and BC equal
E F to EF; the whole AC is equal to the
-1 whole DF: AC is therefore given, because DF has been found, which is equal to it.
If a given magnitude be taken from a given magnitude, the remaining magnitude shall be given.
From the given magnitude AB, let the given magnitude AC be taken ; the remaining magnitude CB is given.
Because AB is given, a magnitude equal to it may (1. def.) be found ; let this be DE: and because
C B AC is given, one equal to it may be
-1 found ; let this be DF: wherefore because AB is equal to DE, and AC
F E to DF; the remainder CB is equal to the remainder FE. CB is therefore given (1. def.), because FE which is equal to it has been found.
PROP. V. If of three magnitudes, the first together with the second be given, and also the second together with the third ; either the first is equal to the third, or one of them is greater than the other by a given magnitude. *
Let AB, BC, CD be three magnitudes, of which AB together with BC, that is AC, is given ; and also BC together with CD, that is, BD, is given. Either AB is equal to CD, or one of them is greater than the other by a given magnitude.
Because AC, BD are each of them given, they are either equal to one another, or not equal. First, let them be equal, and because
CD AC is equal to BD, take away the common part BC ; therefore the remainder AB is equal to the remainder CD.
But if they be unequal, let AC be greater than BD, and make CE equal to BD. Therefore CE is given, because BD is given. And the whole AC is given; therefore (4. dat.) AE the remainder is A E B C D given. And because EC is equal to -1 - IBD, by taking BC from both, the remainder EB is equal to the remainder CD. And AE is given ; wherefore AB exceeds EB, that is CD, by the given magnitude AE. 5.
PROP. VI. If a magnitude has a given ratio to a part of it, it shall also have a given ratio to the remaining part of it.*
Let the magnitude AB have a given ratio to AC a part of it; it has also a given ratio to the remainder BC.
Because the ratio of AB to AC is given, a ratio may be found (2. def.) which is the same to it: let this be the ratio of DE a given magnitude to the given magnitude
CB ÞF. And because DE, DF are given, the remainder FE is (4. dat.) given: and
F E because AB is to AC, as DE to DF, by conversion (E. 5.) AB is to BC, as DE to EF. Therefore the ratio of AB to BC is given, because the satio of the given magnitudes DE, EF, which is the same with it, has been found.
* See Notes.