# Does there exist a copy of Euclid's Elements with modern notation and no figures?

I am working through Euclid's Elements for fun, but I find the propositions difficult to understand without referencing the provided figures. Unfortunately, the figures usually give away the proofs, so sometimes I feel robbed of the opportunity to work on a fun problem. Does anyone know of an edition of Euclid's Elements that uses modern mathematical language AND does not have figures? I've been searching for a few hours and haven't found anything. If no one can think of anything and someone is interested in a "Euclid through Inquiry" style document, then I might spend a weekend $\TeX$ing something up.

This is my first stack-exchange post, so I am sorry if this question is inappropriate.

• Welcome to Math.SE! I don't know of any, but I wanted to say that I really appreciate the sentiment that if this doesn't exist, then you're willing to go out and make it. (If you do, I encourage you to answer your own question here with a link to it, so that others know). – davidlowryduda Jan 4 '13 at 6:24
• What about visiting a website like this and turning off Java (all the figures seem to use some sort of Java applet, so turning off Java would, as far as I can tell, remove them)? – lamb_da_calculus Jan 4 '13 at 6:32
• @mixedmath - Thanks for the welcome! I will definitely link to any resource that I find, whether I create it or not. – David M Jan 4 '13 at 7:28
• @mtjoseph - Thanks for the suggestion. I go to that site often for its excellent discussion of each proposition. I never thought to turn off Java. Unfortunately, that still leaves the problem of some Propositions being indecipherable to me without the figures. Consider Proposition 35: "Parallelograms which are on the same base and in the same parallels equal one another". In modern phrasing, Euclid claims that parallelograms with equal base length and height have equal area, but I would not have rralized that without the figure. – David M Jan 4 '13 at 7:44
• @David I know that is not exactly what you want but I believe you can provide the same fun. Know the book of Mark Geormetria Euclidean Solomonovich? See on google books.google.com.br/… – MathOverview Mar 31 '13 at 19:45