Homework Help

What was the original use of the sphere and who named it?I need to know the origins of...

user profile pic

ileyanis | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 19, 2009 at 3:34 AM via web

dislike 0 like

What was the original use of the sphere and who named it?

I need to know the origins of the geometrical shapes.

Tagged with math, sphere named

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

sbinkowski | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 14, 2009 at 6:10 AM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

It is unknown who actually coined the word "sphere". Technically speaking, sphere refers only to the 2-dimensional shape. "Ball" should be the word used to describe the inner portions of it.

Archimedes was the first to give equations to find where a sphere should be plotted on the Cartesian plane.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes