Maryville College Mystery Cult
Welcome to the homepage of the Maryville College Mystery Cult! We are a mathematics reading group which will meet weekly in SSC201 every Tuesday at 4:00. We are presently reading Euclid's Elements. Each meeting, members will present their favorite propositions, and we will continue to work through the book until we either run out of Euclid, or (more likely) run out of time.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Even if you haven't read any of the book, please stop by to see us work through the propositions. Maybe after you come to a session, you'll want to join in the fun!
This section provides links to the official books of the club. The great thing about studying ancient mathematics texts is that the copyright expired centuries ago! (Well, at least on the originals. Translation copyrights may vary.) Our present book is available for free in PDF format.
- Euclid's Elements - Fitzpatrick Translation (pdf) This is the official translation for our reading. This is the book to read and work from.
- Euclid's Elements - First Six Books This is a beautiful color edition which was published in 1847. This is not as faithful to the original text, but it's color coding may help understand the proofs.
Here are some other books that have been mentioned in the meetings. Some of these aren't math books per se, but they are part of the classical liberal arts tradition.
- Rhetorica ad Herennium - A classical manual in rhetoric! Learn to speak in public, debate, and memorize large texts! Contains both the original Latin and an English Translation
- Aristotle's Organon - Aristotle's Logic
- Diophantus of Alexandria - Diophantus's Arithmetica Including Fermat's Notes!
Here is a summary of our meetings.
October 4, 2016
Our introductory meeting started with a presentation about Euclid's elements and how it figures into the broader liberal arts tradition. We also carried out the construct and proof of proposition 1, and then agreed to meet again in two weeks.
October 18, 2016