The following information is deliberately limited to themes that are related
to this book’s subject. These themes may be secondary in the work of the
People are presented in chronological order, except for our contemporaries,
who are introduced in alphabetical order.
- Thales of Miletus (ca. 625–ca. 546 BC) is considered the founder of geometry. He is
said to have measured the height of a pyramid from that of the
shadow it cast on the ground.
- Anaximander of Miletus (ca. 610–ca. 546 BC) is believed to have been the first to use the
concept of “unlimited,” from which our concepts of infinite and of
- Pythagoras (ca. 580 – ca. 490 BC) is viewed as the father of arithmetic. One of his disciples ...