Mathematician:Zeno of Elea

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Greek: Ζήνων ὁ Ἐλεάτης.

Pre-Socratic philosopher of southern Italy.

Member of the Eleatic School founded by Parmenides. Aristotle called him the "inventor of the dialectic".

Best known for his paradoxes, which Bertrand Russell described as "immeasurably subtle and profound".

Said to have been a "self-taught country boy".

According to legend, he was beheaded for treason.


Greek, living in Elea, in southern Italy


  • Born: c. 490 BCE(?), Elea, Lucania (now southern Italy)
  • Died: c. 430 or 425 BCE(?), Elea, Lucania (now southern Italy)

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Zeno of Elea can be found here.

Published Works

None of Zeno's writings survive.