Hippias of Elis, fl. 5th century BC. Ancient Greek Sophist thinker and contemporary of Socrates, whom Plato portrays speaking with him in two dialogues. In the history of geometry, he is remembered for his effort to square the circle using a curve called the quadratrix. His teachings are known only by second or third hand.
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Wikipedia entry on this ancient polymath, including some material from the 1911 Britannica.
Brief article on this early Sophist, from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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Concise scholarly biography of this discoverer of the quadratrix, from the MacTutor History of Mathematics.
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