Alexander the Great and Geometry

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      From A History of Mathematics, by Carl Boyer:


      “We do know that Menaechmus taught Alexander the Great, and legend attributes to Menaechmus the celebrated comment, when his royal pupil asked for a shortcut to geometry: ‘O King, for traveling over a country there are royal roads and roads for common citizens; but in geometry there is one road for all.'”

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