427 BC - 347 BC

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Plato is one of the most important Greek philosophers. He founded the Academy in Athens, an institution devoted to research and instruction in philosophy and the sciences. His works on philosophy, politics and mathematics were very influential and laid the foundations for Euclid's systematic approach to mathematics.
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List of References (43 books/articles)

Some Quotations (21)

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Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Plato describes the planets
  2. D'Arcy Thompson on Plato and Planets
  3. Plato on Mathematics

Honours awarded to Plato
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Lunar featuresCrater Plato
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. The Catholic Encyclopedia
  3. Gutenberg Project (Some of Plato's works)
  4. Columbia University (Texts by Plato)
  5. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  6. S M Cohen (Plato's Phaedo)
  7. S M Cohen (Plato's Timaeus)
  8. Kevin Brown (Platonic solids)
  9. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  10. Mark Harden's Artchive (The School of Athens by Raphael)

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