Euclid Facts
Euclid Facts

Interesting Euclid Facts: 

Not much is known about Euclid's life; what is known about him has been derived from information about his contemporaries in which he was mentioned. 
Euclid is believed to have done most of his work and teachings during Ptolemy I's reign, between323 BC and 283 BC. 
This knowledge stems from a mention of Euclid by Archimedes, mentioning him as a contemporary and fellow mathematician. 
His work, Elements, has long been regard as one of the most influential works in mathematics. 
It was such a profound work that he is rarely called anything other than "the author of Elements" by his peers and later mathematicians. 
Unlike many works by early researchers and philosophers, Euclid's work has been used as the major canon for teaching mathematics (notably geometry) ever since it was published. 
It wasn't until the early 20th century that other notable texts became widely used. 
Even though commentators have stated that Euclid's ideas in Elements are all based on earlier, more simplified principles, until he produced the work there was nothing like it in terms of easy and organized reference. 
He developed mathematical proofs that are highly regarded for their completeness, and are still in use more than 2,000 years later. 
Euclid developed the principles of what's known as Euclidean geometry. 
This type of geometry relies on a small set of axioms rather than lengthy theorems. 
He had a number of contributions in the areas of perspective, cones and spheres, number theory, and objectivity. 
Euclid contributed greatly to the understanding of prime numbers and their behavior, factorization, and divisors. 
It wasn't until the 19th century that any other type of geometry was devised, with only Euclid's work being considered "geometry." 
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