Pappus of Alexandria

290 - 350

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Pappus of Alexandria (; Greek: Πάππος ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς; c.  290 – c.  350 AD) was one of the last great Greek mathematicians of antiquity, known for his Synagoge (Συναγωγή) or Collection (c.  340), and for Pappus's hexagon theorem in projective geometry. Nothing is known of his life, other than what can be found in his own writings: that he had a son named Hermodorus, and was a teacher in Alexandria.Collection, his best-known work, is a compendium of mathematics in eight volumes, the bulk of which survives. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pappus of Alexandria has received more than 188,761 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Pappus of Alexandria is the 84th most popular mathematician (up from 86th in 2019), the 85th most popular biography from Egypt (up from 88th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Egyptian Mathematician.

Pappus of Alexandria is most famous for his commentary on Euclid's "Elements."

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Among mathematicians, Pappus of Alexandria ranks 84 out of 828Before him are Jacob Bernoulli, Katherine Johnson, Regiomontanus, Bhāskara II, Ctesibius, and Giuseppe Peano. After him are Felix Klein, Adrien-Marie Legendre, Christian Goldbach, Bonaventura Cavalieri, Guillaume de l'Hôpital, and Pierre Louis Maupertuis.

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Among people born in 290, Pappus of Alexandria ranks 3Before him are Vitus and Pope Mark. After him are Eulalia of Mérida, Emperor Nintoku, Eulalia of Barcelona, Titus Calpurnius Siculus, and Flavia Julia Constantia. Among people deceased in 350, Pappus of Alexandria ranks 1After him are Constans, Nepotianus, and Paul I of Constantinople.

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Among people born in Egypt, Pappus of Alexandria ranks 85 out of 520Before him are Saint Sarah (100), Ctesibius (-284), Ptolemy VI Philometor (-184), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Teti (-2350), and Mohamed Al-Fayed (1929). After him are Seti II (-1300), Saint Maurice (250), Athenaeus (200), Mohamed Morsi (1951), Paul of Thebes (227), and Mary of Egypt (344).


Among mathematicians born in Egypt, Pappus of Alexandria ranks 6Before him are Euclid (-350), Hypatia (350), Hero of Alexandria (10), Diophantus (201), and Ctesibius (-284). After him are Theon of Alexandria (335), Menelaus of Alexandria (70), Ibn Yunus (950), and Abū Kāmil Shujāʿ ibn Aslam (850).