Mathematics History (Math Lair)
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- 600 B.C.
- Thales introduces deductive geometry.
It was developed over the years by Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans,
Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, and others.
- 540 B.C.
- Pythagoras does geometrical work.
- 450 B.C.
- Zeno of Elea (489 B.C. - 430? B.C.) formulates
- 380 B.C.
- Plato, whose ideas were influenced by the
Pythagoreans, is writing philosophy.
- 340 B.C.
- Aristotle is writing philosophy.
- 300 B.C.
- Euclid compiles,
organizes and systematizes geometric
ideas which had been discovered and proven into thirteen books, called
- 240 B.C.
determines that the Earth is spherical and computes its diameter.
- 225 B.C.
(287 B.C.–212 B.C.)
does work on circles, spheres, areas, infinite series, and other things.
- 225 B.C.
- Appolonius works on conic sections.
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text version is also available.
For developments after 200 B.C. or so, see
Greco-Roman mathematical history.
The main number system used by the Greeks during this period was
the Attic system.