Hippocrates of Chios

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Hippocrates of Chios

Hippocrates was born in the year 470 BC on the island of Chios in Ancient Greece. Little is known about his family, childhood and education. Originally, he began his life as a merchant. After being swindled by pirates, he traveled to Athens to prosecute them and retrieve his lost fortune. There, he became involved with philosophers and thus began his fascination with mathmatics. According to his contemporaries and preceding mathematical extraordinaire, Hippocrates was believed to have written the first collection of work on geometry called The Elements of Geometry. His work is no longer in existence but his influence on geometry still remains.


-470 BC- Born-450 BC- Traveled to Athens-430 BC- Wrote The Elements-410 BC- Died

Hippocrates was a teacher of geometry in Athens. He is known for working to solve the classical problem of squaring the circle and duplicating the cube. He also figured out how to effectively square a lune which is a crescent shaped figure formed by two arcs of two circles in geometric theories. He was famous for being the first to write The Elements of Geometry more than a century before the well known work called the Euclid.

Lasting Impact

Hippocrates was he first to write a textbook on Geometry. His work has influenced geometic theorems and the nature of finding and comparing areas in figures.


http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Hippocrates.htmlhttp://plato-dialogues.org/tools/char/hipchios.htmhttp://fabpedigree.com/james/grmatm1.htmhttp://agutie.homestead.com/files/pythagoras/squaring_circle_01.htm (Squaring Circle pic)

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Squaring the Circle

Little is known about the education Hippocrates received. However, it is believed that he was largely influenced by Pythagorean and possibly could have studied under the astronomer, Empedocles. Hippocrates himself was also very interested in astronomy, trying to solve the mystery of comets and the Milky Way, both of which he believed to be optical illusions. He was a genius mathematician but believed to have little common sense.


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