# Mathematician:Menelaus of Alexandria

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## Mathematician

Greek mathematician and astronomer.

Very little is known about him.

## Nationality

Greek

## History

- Born: c. 70 CE, possibly in Alexandria, Egypt
- Died: c. 130 or 140 CE

## Theorems

Results named for **Menelaus of Alexandria** can be found here.

## Publications

- c. 110:
*Sphaerica*, which survives in an Arabic translation

Several other works of his are known about, but unfortunately appear not to have survived:

*On the calculation of the chords in a circle**On the Knowledge of the Weights and Distribution of Different Bodies**The Book on the Triangle**Elements of Geometry*(translated into Arabic by Thabit ibn Qurra)

## Sources

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

- 1989: Ephraim J. Borowski and Jonathan M. Borwein:
*Dictionary of Mathematics*... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Menelaus' theorem** - 1991: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Geometry*... (previous) ... (next): A Chronological List Of Mathematicians - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Menelaus of Alexandria**(*fl*. ad 100) - 2008: Ian Stewart:
*Taming the Infinite*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $5$: Eternal Triangles: Astronomy - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Menelaus of Alexandria**(about ad 100)