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The Helen of Geometry

John Martin
The College Mathematics Journal
Vol. 41, No. 1 (January 2010), pp. 17-28
DOI: 10.4169/074683410x475083
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.4169/074683410x475083
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Summary 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.

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