Incommensurable Magnitudes have Irrational Ratio

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In the words of Euclid:

Incommensurable magnitudes have not to one another the ratio which a number has to a number.

(The Elements: Book $\text{X}$: Proposition $7$)


Let $A$ and $B$ be incommensurable magnitudes.

Suppose $A$ and $B$ have the ratio which a number has to a number

Then by Proposition $6$ of Book $\text{X} $: Magnitudes with Rational Ratio are Commensurable, $A$ and $B$ are commensurable.

From this contradiction follows the result.


Historical Note

This proof is Proposition $7$ of Book $\text{X}$ of Euclid's The Elements.