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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; he is 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 259,032 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Pappus of Alexandria is the 82nd most popular mathematician (up from 84th in 2019), the 88th most popular biography from Egypt (down from 85th 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 82 out of 823Before him are Richard Dedekind, Augustus De Morgan, Regiomontanus, Alexander Grothendieck, Ctesibius, and Friedrich Bessel. After him are Johann Heinrich Lambert, Felix Klein, Bonaventura Cavalieri, Paul Erdős, Adrien-Marie Legendre, and Alexander Friedmann.

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Among people born in 290, Pappus of Alexandria ranks 2Before him is Vitus. After him are Pope Mark, Eulalia of Mérida, Emperor Nintoku, Eulalia of Barcelona, Flavia Julia Constantia, Saint Faith, and Titus Calpurnius Siculus. Among people deceased in 350, Pappus of Alexandria ranks 1After him are Constans, Nepotianus, Sextus Pompeius Festus, Paul I of Constantinople, and Hypatius of Gangra.

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Among people born in Egypt, Pappus of Alexandria ranks 88 out of 582Before him are Mohamed Morsi (1951), Ayman al-Zawahiri (1951), Saint Sarah (100), Athenaeus (200), Djedefre (-2600), and Ctesibius (-284). After him are Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (1954), Fuad I of Egypt (1868), Ptolemy VIII Physcon (-182), Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985), Mohamed Naguib (1901), and Seti II (-1300).


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