Hippias of Elis

about 460 BC - about 400 BC


Hippias was a contemporary of Socrates whose only contribution to mathematics seems to be the quadratrix - a curve he may have used for squaring the circle and trisecting angles.
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List of References (4 books/articles)

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  1. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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