What did Euclid originally call his treatise of thirteen books that we now refer to as "Euclid's Elements" ?
Was it "The Elements" ? Was it something else ? Does anyone know the exact Greek title ?
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It is "Στοιχεῖα" [ Stoikheîa ] in Ancient Greek.
Euclid's Elements (Ancient Greek: Στοιχεῖα Stoikheîa) is a mathematical treatise consisting of 13 books attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid in Alexandria, Ptolemaic Egypt c. 300 BC.
Interesting titbit/trivia :
I recognized a word from my Chemistry Classes , hence I had a guess about Stoichiometry , which turned out to be true . . . .
In Greek, stoikhein means element and metron means measure, so stoichiometry literally translated means the measure of elements.
[[ that Chemistry text may have a typo there : "singular of stoicheīa is stoicheīon, not stoicheīn" , curtesy of user "BakerStreet" ]]
When we make the Singular to the Plural , we get Stoikheîa , which is what Euclid wrote.