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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.

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    $\begingroup$ 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). $\endgroup$ – davidlowryduda Jan 4 '13 at 6:24
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    $\begingroup$ 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)? $\endgroup$ – lamb_da_calculus Jan 4 '13 at 6:32
  • $\begingroup$ @mixedmath - Thanks for the welcome! I will definitely link to any resource that I find, whether I create it or not. $\endgroup$ – David M Jan 4 '13 at 7:28
  • $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – David M Jan 4 '13 at 7:44
  • $\begingroup$ @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/… $\endgroup$ – MathOverview Mar 31 '13 at 19:45
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In general, mathematicians say that the best way to study Euclidean geometry is drawing the figures yourself following the instructions of proofs. I believe it's a valid point of view even if it is only a study for fun. And most mathematicians think that way about almost every area of mathematics. So I hardly think you will find a translation of Euclid's elements that draw all construction in each proof.

Suggestion. See the book Euclid's elements of geometry by Richard Fitzparick. This book has few pictures. But I think it won't bother you. Although the translation is accompanied by small clarifications. I think you have a modern language you seek.

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When I started delving in to The Elements I had the same issue. Euclid's propositions are somewhat unusual especially due to the translations. I actually did a whole blog post on this that was geared towards new students trying to learn and understand geometry. I go over the propositions in it if you are interested: http://mathhelpblog.com/geometry-for-dummies-how-to-do-geometry-and-understand-it/. Perhaps this could serve as an example on how to show it it more modern terms.

It's a challenging read, but I figure since it was the go-to math text for over 2000 years, that it still has its relevance. Euclid is a personal hero of mine. I know its been a while since you wrote this post, but I am interested in what you came up with.

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