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Oliver Byrne: The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid Hardcover – December 15, 2013
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Werner Oechslin (born 1944) studied art history, archaeology, philosophy and mathematics. After doctoral studies in Zurich in 1970 he taught at MIT and Harvard University. Since 1985 he has been a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where he led the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture from 1986 to 2006. His research focuses on architectural theory and the cultural history of architecture. His most recent publication is Palladianismus: Andrea Palladio – Werk und Wirkung (2008). He is the founder of Bibliothek Werner Oechslin in Einsiedeln.
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My only complaint about the book is that the color renderings aren't as good as they should be. It's not enough of a problem to dock a star, but hopefully the publishers will make a more vibrantly colored edition. I'd buy it if they did.
Sometimes, however, the use of colors instead of letters makes it more difficult to read. The script, as should be expected, utilizes the antiquated form for "s." I also miss the commentary found in traditional publications, but this conversation is beyond the book's purpose.