# Mathematician:Nicomedes

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## Mathematician

Ancient Greek mathematician about whom almost nothing is known.

Creator of the curve now known as the Conchoid of Nicomedes, which he used for Doubling the Cube.

## Nationality

Greek

## History

- Born: c. 280 BC in Greece
- Died: c. 210 BC

## Theorems and Topics

Definitions of concepts named for **Nicomedes** can be found here.

## Publications

*On Conchoid Lines*

## Critical View

*.. prided himself inordinately on his discovery of this curve, contrasting it with Eratosthenes's mechanism for finding any number of mean proportionals, to which he objected formally and at length on the ground that it was impracticable and entirely outside the spirit of geometry.*

## Sources

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1986: David Wells:
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*Curious and Interesting Geometry*... (previous) ... (next): A Chronological List Of Mathematicians - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1997: David Wells:
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