(Edited by Sir Thomas L. Heath, 1908)

[Euclid, ed. Heath, 1908, on

Given two straight lines constructed on a straight line (from its extremities) and meeting in a point, there cannot be constructed on the same straight line (from its extremities), and on the same side of it, two other straight lines meeting in another point and equal to the former two respectively, namely each to that which has the same extremity with it.

For, if possible, given two straight lines AC, CB constructed on the straight line AB and meeting at the point C, let two other straight lines AD, DB be constructed on the same straight line AB, on the same side of it, meeting in another point D and equal to the former two respectively, namely each to that which has the same extremity with it, so that CA is equal to DA which has the same extremity A with it, and CB to DB which has the same extremity B with it; and let CD be joined.

Then, since AC is
equal to AD,

the angle ACD is also equal
to the angle ADC;
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therefore the angle ADC
is greater than the angle
DCB;

therefore the angle CDB
is much greater than the angle DCB.

Again, since CD is
equal to DB,

the angle CDB is also equal
to the angle DCB.

But it was also proved much greater than it:

which is impossible.

Therefore etc. Q.E.D.

Book I: Euclid, Book I (ed. Sir Thomas L. Heath 1st Edition, 1908)

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