Book, Plane Geometry

Book, Plane Geometry

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By the early twentieth century, modern textbooks had replaced Euclid as a way of studying basic plane geometry. This title was by Edward Routledge Robbins (1870-1941). A New Jersey native, Robbins graduated from Princeton University in 1894 with high honors in mathematics. He would later receive a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his teaching career – and his textbook authorship – as a master at the Lawrenceville Seminary in New Jersey. He would continue it – and write this book – while on the faculty of the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. After a spell at the John Wanamaker store in New York from 1918 until 1922, he was associated with the Swarthmore Preparatory School, the schools in Jenkintown, Pa., and finally Temple University. Other textbooks he wrote concerned algebra, practical arithmetic, plane trigonometry, and solid geometry.
A signature in the front of the book reads: N. S. Tirnbrook (/) 23rd St. Y.M.C.A. A list in pencil opposite this (inside the front cover) appears to be a list of presidents of the United States through William McKinley. There are occasional pencil markings in the text.
“Edward R. Robbins: An Instructor in Mathematics at Temple University Ten Years,” New York Times, November 8, 1941, p. 19.
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Object Name
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American Book Company
Robbins, Edward Rutledge
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United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 1.5 cm x 14.5 cm x 20.6 cm; 19/32 in x 5 23/32 in x 8 1/8 in
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Gift of Ruth E. Myer
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