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Euclid was a renowned mathematician from ancient Greece who is often referred to as the 'father of geometry.' He is best known for his work in creating the mathematical system known as Euclidean geometry, which is the study of points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids. One of Euclid's most famous works is his collection of 13 books known as 'Elements,' where he laid down the foundations of geometry by providing definitions, postulates, and theorems.

The Elements is often considered, after the Bible, as the most frequently translated, published, and studied book in the Western World's history.The Elements is one of the most successful ancient Greek texts, and was the standard mathematical textbook in the Medieval Arab and Latin worlds.

Euclid's work has had a lasting impact on the field of mathematics, and his geometric principles are still studied and applied in classrooms around the world, including in the school mathematics curriculum.

Proposition 5 from Euclid's, The Elements, Book I. Animated by Ryan Hirst CC BY-SA 3.0

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THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS PAGE

Print this large QR code and display it on your classroom's History of Mathematics timeline.

When people scan the code with their phones, they'll be directed to this page about Euclid.

https://www.transum.org/Maths/History/Mathematician.asp?ID=4