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Hippocrates of Chios was an ancient Greek mathematician known for his work in geometry. He was born around 470 BC on the island of Chios. Hippocrates is credited with several important contributions to mathematics, including his work on the quadrature of the lune, a shape formed by two intersecting circles.

One of the key concepts associated with Hippocrates is his method of squaring the circle, which involves constructing a square with the same area as a given circle using only a compass and straightedge. This problem intrigued mathematicians for centuries, although it was eventually proven to be impossible using classical tools.

For a Secondary School student, understanding Hippocrates' work on geometry can help develop their problem-solving skills and deepen their understanding of shapes and measurements. Studying his contributions can inspire students to explore the beauty and complexity of mathematics."

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