Apollonius of Perga

Archimedes, Apollonius, Euclid and Nicomachus

Franklin Library Apollonius of Perga books: 
Works of Archimedes, Apollonius, Euclid and Nicomachus - Great Books of the Western World - 1985
Apollonius of Perga was known as 'The Great Geometer'. Little is known of his life but his works have had a very great influence on the development of mathematics, in particular, his famous book, Conics introduced terms which are familiar to us today, such as Parabola, Ellipse and Hyperbola. The only other pieces of information about Apollonius's life are to be found in the prefaces of various books of Conics. Some historians say that Apollonius was born around 262 BC in Perga, which is now known as Murtana. Perga was a centre of culture and he studied there under the followers of Euclid.

Despite being generally unknown to the greats of contemporary mathematics, Apollonius's Conics is said by Chasles to contain 'the most interesting properties of conics'. Written by one of the great pioneers of geometry, this scarce text contains a comprehensive account of the mathematics of conics, and as such constitutes a valuable to addition to the libraries of serious mathematicians and historians alike. Apollonius of Perga was a Greek geometer and astronomer, most famous for his work pertaining to conic sections and whose methodology and terminology influenced such intellectual giants as Ptolemy, Johannes Kepler, Francesco Maurolico, Isaac Newton, and Rene Descartes.

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