Name: Euclid nicknamed 'the geometer'
Son of: Not known
Dates: c.325-270 BC
Brief biography: Next to nothing known about his life. Dates approximate. Worked at Alexandria, and famously told Ptolemy I (who ruled from 323 and reigned from 304-285) that 'there is no royal road to geometry'.
Works: Optics (on perspective) written before Phainomena.
References: I Bulmer-Thomas DSB 4.414-37.
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Last modified: 11 April 2007