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Plane History

What is the history of the coordinate plane?
Was it invented? Who named it?
Sam the chameleon investigates.

 Table of Contents

Introduction
Descartes and the Fly
Ancient Greek Maps
Dicaearchus' Map
Eratosthenes' Map
Hipparchus
Ptolemy's Geography
Ancient Greek Geometry
Apollonius and the Conics
Plane Loci
The Middle Ages
Nicole d'Oresme and the Latitude of Forms
Analytic Geometry
René Descartes and La Géometrie
Pierre de Fermat
New Words, New Notation
Sir Isaac Newton, the Enumeration, and the Method of Fluxions
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
Textbooks and Teachers
Conclusion
Timeline
Glossary
Links
People
Note to Adults

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