Euclid of Alexandria

about 325 BC - about 265 BC

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Euclid was a Greek mathematician best known for his treatise on geometry: The Elements . This influenced the development of Western mathematics for more than 2000 years.
Full MacTutor biography [Version for printing]

List of References (97 books/articles)

Some Quotations (3)

A Poster of Euclid

Mathematicians born in the same country

Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Euclid's definitions and axioms
  2. Euclid on elementary astronomy
  3. Bertrand Russell on Euclid

Honours awarded to Euclid
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Lunar featuresCrater Euclides
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Astroseti (A Spanish translation of this biography)
  3. J Poole (Books I to IV of the Elements)
  4. R J Wilson (also available as a Video version)
  5. David Joyce (The Elements)
  6. Vatican exhibition
  1. Math Forum
  2. G Don Allen (An introduction to The Elements )
  3. Kevin Brown (A discussion of which propositions depend on which axioms)
  4. Tufts University (An on-line version of The Elements)
  5. J Domenech (Euclid's Elements in Spanish and Catalan)

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