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While he was born thousands of years ago, Euclid has made a mark in mathematics that has stood the test of time and continues to shape modern sciences. He discovered classic geometry and wrote many book and papers on mathematics that proved useful to the great thinkers of the time. Having drafted a lot of his finding in his book The Elements, he has made a framework for mathematicians and is, even 23 centuries later, revered as valued information. His years of studying have made him a loved and respected individual. Euclid went from just another well off individual in the times of the great era of Greece to a man still remembered today as “The Father of Geometry”.

Nothing much about Euclid’s life is really known except what the Greek philosopher Proclus has written about in his books on ancient Mathematicians. There have been documents that suggest that Euclid studied in ancient schools build by the great Greek philosopher, Plato, where only the wealthy could afford to learn at. Euclid taught in Alexandria, Egypt, when Ptolemy I Soter was the ruler of Egypt for 38 years, from 323 to 285 BC. People such as translators and editors have often confused him the Greek Euclid of Megara, a philosopher who lived at the same time as the man whose school he may have learned from, Plato, one-hundred years ago.

Euclid arranged his book, The Elements, by using many other works that were written by other mathematicians as references, including work by the ancient Greek Physician, Hippocrates of Chios. The one who had most recently worked on it before Euclid was the ancient Greek Mathematician Theudius, whose textbook was used in Plato’s school, the Academy, and was most likely the book used as a reference by Aristotle, a Greek Philosopher who lived from 384-322 BC. The prior elements were immediately replaced by the work of Euclid and were lost. For his subject matter, Euclid drew from the work of all of his predecessors, but it is obvious that the overall design of his entire work was original, reaching a pinnacle point in the development of the five regular solids, known today as the Platonic solids.

Though Euclid might have discovered classic geometry, his book, The Elements, contains much more in it than just that. Many people have believed it to be a work of pure Geometry, but that can easily be disproved by reading the entirety, since the first few chapters speak exclusively of Geometry. Euclid knew that every...

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