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Eudoxus of Cnidus

(c. 400—350 bc)


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(c.408–c.355 bc)

Greek pupil of Plato's, and outstanding geometer and cosmologist. Eudoxus invented a general theory of proportion able to handle incommensurables, also a mathematical theory of the limit enabling avoidance of infinitesimals. He constructed a mathematical model of the heavens, based on advanced mathematics but poor observational data.

Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Classical Studies.


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