John Playfair

1748 - 1819

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John Playfair worked on geology, physics and geometry and studied at the University of St Andrews. His best-known contribution to mathematics is his form of Euclid's parallelism axiom.
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List of References (16 books/articles)

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. Gibson History 11 - John Playfair, Sir John Leslie
  2. Obituary: The Times

Honours awarded to John Playfair
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Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1783
Fellow of the Royal Society1807
Lunar featuresCrater Playfair
Planetary featuresCrater Playfair on Mars


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