My Discovery of Geometry as a Child

I was fascinated with geometry at age ten. Living on a farm in Midwest America, I attended a one room schoolhouse where the library consisted of a metal cabinet next to my desk. I could reach over and pull out a book of Euclidean geometry, which I often did. I intuitively understood, that my sense perceptions of geometry preceded and were more important than the written analysis of Euclid. I think of them, or as Euclid termed them the Propositions as being apperceptions of the geometric figures. I’m now in my eighties and the place of ‘perceptions’, that is to say ‘sense perceptions’ preceding the text is ever more correct in all matters of mathematics. In my book, Geometric Wholeness of the Self, I describe this philosophically. Not far from our farm in the Midwest, was the Farnsworth House. This famous house was designed by the world famous architect, Mies [...]