Euclid

Euclid

Euclid is one of the most influential and best read mathematician of his time. His prize work, Elements, was the textbook of elementary geometry and logic up to the early twentieth century. For his work in the field, he is known as the father of geometry and is considered one of the great Greek mathematicians.
As taken from notablebiograpies.com, Euclid was presumeably born in Greece around 335 B.C. and passed away in Alexandria, Egypt at around 270 B.C. Very little is known about the life of Euclid. It is believed that he was educated at Plato's academy in Athens and stayed there until he was invited by Ptolemy the First to teach at his newly founded university in ...

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give the boy a coin because "he must make gain out of what he learns." Another story relates that Ptolemy asked the mathematician if there was some easier way to learn geometry than by learning all the theorems. Euclid replied, "There is no royal road to geometry" and sent the king to study.
Euclid's fame comes from his writings, especially his masterpiece Elements. This thirteen-volume work is a compilation of Greek mathematics and geometry. It is unknown how much if any of the work included in Elements is Euclid's original work; many of the theorems found can be traced to previous thinkers including Exodus, Thales, Hippocrates and Pythagoras. However, the format of Elements belongs to him alone. Each volume lists a number of definitions and postulates followed by theorems, which are followed by proofs using those definitions and postulates. Every statement was proven, no matter how obvious.
Euclid chose his postulates carefully, picking only the most basic and self-evident ...

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