Main Question or Discussion Point
I'm having trouble understanding why Euclids Elements is so scarce in introductory Geometry classes. I don't remember even knowing such a book existed back in Jr. High when I took Geometry for the first time. I just graduated High School and I'm a prospective Math major, and looking back at the books that introduced me to Geometry, I can understand why so many people see math as another four letter word. These books may have colorful pictures, but they are very ugly compared to the Elements. I've helped several kids through the computational approach to Geometry and many of them hate it. It seems like so many great mathematicians first fell in love with math by reading this book. Who knows what great minds get sick of the mindless computation and never realize their potential. Does anyone have any input as to why we give every Geometry student a cookbook to carry around all year while only mentioning the greatest book written on geometry as a side note to one of their lessons? Was it just my teachers? Do they think the Elements is too hard and the students can't handle it? Do they think the students will find it boring? I hope I didn't rant to much.