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Appollonius of Perga

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Joey Imperial

on 19 March 2015

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Birth and Death
Birth: 260 B.C., Antayla, Turkey
Death: 190 B.C., cause not known
Childhood and Schooling
Studied in Alexandria under the followers of Euclid, or the "Father of Geometry"
Subsequently taught at the university in Alexandria
Professional Life
Wrote eight books about conic sections
Conic sections- curves formed when a plane intersects the surface of a cone.
Contributions to Geometry
Detailed information about conics
Introduced the terms parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola.
Introduced systems of eccentric and epicyclic motions to explain the apparent motions of the planet across the sky.
J J O’Connor and E F Robertson. “Appollonius of Perga.” History of Mathematics and Statistics, 1999. Web. 18 March 2015.

Appollonius of Perga. Encyclopedia Brittanica, 2015. Web. 18 March 2015.

Appollonius of Perga. Encyclopedia, 2015. Web. 18 March 2015.

Greenberg, Marvin J. Euclidean. "Appollonius of Perga."
Mathematics Education. University of Georgia, March 2005. Web. 18 March 2015.
The First Four Books
Appollonius of Perga
An elementary introduction to the basic properties of conics.
Includes the relations satisfied by the diameters and tangents of conics, how hyperbolas are related to their asymptotes, and how to draw tangents to given conics
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