Geometry

What Is Geometry?

Geometry is a branch of math and covers the way on how to recognize, measure, and evaluate a shape.

There was no specific people who made Geometry (there are many key figures though). Geometry was actually created by many civilizations. Many of the first people to have created geometry would be the Egyptians, Greeks, and Babylonians.

The Egyptians

The Egyptians understood the basics of geometry and how some basic large structures need a strong base. Also the Nile River overflowed its banks every year, and the river banks would have to be re-surveyed and the Egyptians would build their cities around those results (of the re-surveyed river).

The Greeks

Ancient Greeks practiced centuries of experimental geometry like Egypt and Babylonia had, and they absorbed the experimental geometry of both of those cultures. Then they created the first formal mathematics of any kind by organizing geometry with rules of logic. Euclid's (400BC) important geometry book The Elements formed the basis for most of the geometry studied in schools ever since.

The Babylonians

The Babylonians had discovered the pythagorean theorem and used this theorem to measure the width of a river. They had to do this so that they could build bridges across the rivers or gaps that were created.

Uses of Geometry in our Daily Lives

Nearly everyday people are faced with major and minor issues that require the use of geometry. Some of these include finding the square footage of a home, determining the volume a container or deciding how much tile is needed to put in a new kitchen floor. The square footage in a home is often determined by length and width of each room combined from the exterior walls. Without geometry we would never know how much square footage of paint to purchase to paint the walls. With geometry, we can figure out how large a pan we need to cook food for a certain number of people for a party as well as how much of each of the ingredients we need to make the food. Finally, geometry can be used to determine the amount of tile or carpeting that is needed to refurbish a floor or it can be used to determine how large of garage you need to house your cars and your workshop. Overall, geometry is used in many everyday tasks throughout our lives.