Dinostratus was a Greek mathematician who may have used the quadratrix of Hippias to solve the problem of squaring the circle.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- It is usually claimed that Dinostratus used the quadratrix, discovered by Hippias, to solve the problem of squaring the circle.
- It appears from this quote that Hippias discovered the curve but that it was Dinostratus who was the first to use it to find a square equal in area to a given circle.
- This makes somewhat less convincing the claim that Dinostratus used the quadratrix, discovered by Hippias, to square the circle since Eudemus does not even mention Dinostratus.
- posterity has firmly associated the name of Dinostratus with the quadrature of the circle by means of the quadratrix.
- The second objection relates to Dinostratus's use of the quadratrix to square the circle.
- Dinostratus probably did much more work on geometry but nothing is known of it.
Born about 390 BC, Greece. Died about 320 BC.
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Ancient Greek, Geometry, Origin Greece, Puzzles And Problems
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive