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The Origin Of Geometry

Asked by Cristy Smith, student, Valliant High School on October 23, 1997:
Where did geometry originate?
This is a difficult question to answer since geometry has been around in one form or another as long as there has been written history. The Egyptians were making use of geometry to build pyramids even in prehistoric times. It was the Greeks, however who first began to rigorously study geometry and try to prove facts about it. Euclid was perhaps the most notable geometer of ancient mathematics and it was he who first axiomatized the subject (carefully defined the concepts crucial to geometry).

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