# Historical mathematical curves

Page by Murray Bourne, IntMath.com. Last updated: 14 January 2020.

This is a collection of famous math curves that have been studied throughout history. There are animations and exploratory activities that help to explain the curves.

**Witch of Agnesi** is an interesting curve studied by the 18th century Italian mathematician, Maria Agnesi.

See some animations and some background on this curve at:

Jacob Bernoulli studied and described this interesting curve in the late 17th century. It is a modification of the ellipse.

See some animations and some background on this curve, including a portion where I respect Bernoulli's dying wishes at:

The ancient Greek mathematicians studied this curve in an attempt to solve problems such as trisecting an angle and squaring a circle.

See some animations and some background on this curve at:

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