# Who first gave algebraic proofs of a circle?

• December 3rd 2008, 10:31 AM
EyesForEars
Who first gave algebraic proofs of a circle?
Just out of curiosity does anyone know who first described a circle in algebriac terms? ie: $(x-h)^2+(y-k)^2=r^2$I'm being asked to give a mathematical decription of a circle.
• December 3rd 2008, 05:56 PM
ThePerfectHacker
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Originally Posted by EyesForEars
Just out of curiosity does anyone know who first described a circle in algebriac terms? ie: $(x-h)^2+(y-k)^2=r^2$I'm being asked to give a mathematical decription of a circle.

Probably either Rene Descrates or, my hero, Pierre Fermat.
I say this because they were the first to invent the idea of analytic geometry.