Great thinkers whose work has helped shaped today's world.

Heron of Alexandria

50BCE

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Heron of Alexandria was a great mathematician who lived in the first century AD. He made significant contributions to the fields of geometry and engineering.

One of the most well-known mathematical concepts associated with Heron is Heron's formula for finding the area of a triangle. This formula uses the lengths of the three sides of a triangle to calculate the area without needing the height of the triangle.

Heron also worked on calculating the volume of various geometric shapes, such as pyramids and cones. His work in this area laid the foundation for modern calculus and integral calculus.

In geometry, Heron made advances in understanding the properties of circles and polygons. He developed methods for calculating the circumference and area of a circle, as well as the angles and sides of different polygons.

Overall, Heron of Alexandria was a pioneering mathematician whose work continues to influence and inspire students and mathematicians today."

Appreciate the work of Heron of Alexandria by trying some of the maths that this mathematician is known for.

There is an activity called Heron's Formula that you could try right now. Use the lengths of the three sides of a triangle to calculate the area.

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