Pappus of Alexandria

about 290 - about 350


Pappus is the last of the great Greek geometers and one of his theorems is cited as the basis of modern projective geometry. He wrote commentaries on Euclid's Elements and Ptolemy's Almagest.
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List of References (14 books/articles)

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Pappus on the wisdom of bees
  2. Pappus on analysis and synthesis in geometry
  3. Pappus on the Trisection of an angle
  4. Pappus's trisection method
  5. The focus and directrix of an ellipse
  6. Pappus on mechanics


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  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. Vatican exhibition
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