“Euclid and His Modern Rivals”

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    MR. DODGSON thinks “it worth while to point out a mistake made in the paragraph about Mr. Morell's book” (NATURE, vol. xx. p. 240). In the words “the thing not being capable of proof,” the “thing” referred to is Mr. Morells assertion that “the perimeter M D Q R S T M is less than the perimeter M P Q R S T M,” which is not necessarily true, and of course is incapable of proof. Surely this assertion, which I quote two lines before “thing” occurs, is its grammatical antecedent? You refer it back to the theorem itself, which Mr. Morell is trying to prove—a theorem which is true and easily proved.” I gladly accept Mr. Dodgson's statement, which is, if I remember rightly—for I am here far away from Mr. Dodgson's book—perfectly correct—and apologise for having inaccurately represented his meaning.

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    “Euclid and His Modern Rivals”. Nature 20, 404 (1879) doi:10.1038/020404b0

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