# Mathematician:Hippias of Elis

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## Mathematician

Greek sophist who lectured on poetry, grammar, history, politics, mathematics, and much else.

Plato considered him vain and arrogant, which may have been an expression of professional jealousy.

## Nationality

Greek

## History

- Born: about 460 BC in Elis, Peloponnese, Greece
- Died: about 400 BC

## Theorems and Definitions

- Quadratrix of Hippias, also known as the Trisectrix of Hippias

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Hippias of Elis": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1986: David Wells:
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*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Hippias of Elis**(c.420 bc)