Monday, 15 August 2011

Of Geometrie

First, you must understand that a poynt is a pricke made with a pen or compasse, which can not bee devided into any parts, because it conteineth neither length nor bredth in it.

A Line is a right consecutive imagination in length, beginning at a poynt, and endeth also at a point, but it hath no bredth.

When two Lines are set or placed of a little wydenesse one from the other, those two lines, according to the Latine phrase, are called Parable, and by some men they are named Equidistances.

When those two Equidistances aforesaid are at each end enclosed together by another Line, it is then called a Superficies: and in like sort all spaces in what manner soever they are closed, and shut by, are called Superficies or plainnes.

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