Year One



Mathematics I

Everymind's Pre-Euclid

This text introduces all of the ideas of Book I of Euclid's Elements and many of the ideas which are then within reach in other books. It establishes the ability to think imaginatively and creatively in order to solve geometric problems within defined constraints.

Everymind's Euclid I & II

The first book of Euclid is arguably the basis of mathematics and defines mathematical thought. The second book can be thought of as the beginning of algebra. For centuries, it has been the world's entrance into rigorous thought, problem-solving, and formal substantiation of logical argument.

Mathematics II

Everymind's De Morgan's Elements: Arithmetic

This section of the text is based on a work of Augustus De Morgan from the early 19th century which raised public education in England to a height that arguably has never before or since been exceeded. It develops an understanding of the form of number, establishing its subject matter as an expression of principled understanding. Written for twelve- to fourteen-year-olds, it exceeds what is today normally acquired in a lifetime.

Problems in Elementary Mathematics

This is an old-school mathematics text used to supplement the De Morgan text.


The First Twelve Centuries

This is an excellent introduction to early English history. It is written by one of the most honest and penetrating historians I am aware of.

The Normans

This is a volume by Sarah Orne Jewett produced for a series of historical texts published in the early 20th century. It is a mixture of compassion and sympathy joined to a rather hard-nosed evaluation of the centuries leading up to and including the Norman Invasion of England.


Kant's Logic

This a a relatively short and easy book by Kant in two parts. The second part is Kant's take on the value and use of Aristotelian logic. The much longer first part is Kant's groundwork in defining the game, the rules, and the players in the world of rigorous thought.

How We Think

This book is John Dewey's reasoned appeal to teachers, attempting to explain how their students actually think and learn to think. It was somewhat successful in abolishing some of the more useless dogmas of teaching at that time. The text serves as an introduction to how we can think about thinking. Written by an early Pragmatist, its approach is clear and based upon what was considered common sense.

Long Narrative

Full-Metal Alchemist - Brotherhood

I claim that this long series by Hiromu Arakawa is one of the finest long narratives of the 20th century. Across sixty episodes/volumes, she achieves everything most respected authors could achieve. And beyond that, brings in aspects that show what the female understanding -- in the broadest sense -- can achieve that is denied to the consciousness that limits itself to the male point of view. (Clearly, we are not discussing gender or biology here.)

Seven Swords Descend Mount Heaven

This story is the basis of the novel that, in translation in Japan, was the inspiration for Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. The television version is based upon a long novel in which seven swordsmen leave the mountain retreat of their master, intent upon doing good. And yet in the end, all of their efforts lead to evil. A study of the perils of exercising human will.


Poems of William Blake

Gardner's Blake

These texts, taken together, are an opportunity to study both Blake's life and his life's work. Blake's distinct individuality, his work in several artistic fields, and his peculiarities are seeds for innumerable explorations into his life and times.

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