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The Helen of Geometry

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Abstract:

The cycloid has been called the Helen of Geometry, not only because of its beautiful properties but also because of the quarrels it provoked between famous mathematicians of the 17th century. This article surveys the history of the cycloid and its importance in the development of the calculus.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/074683410X475083

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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