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My development of a general theory of proportions resolved the Pythagorean crisis regarding the existence of incommensurable lengths, such as sqrt(2).

Some consider me to be the "most brilliant mathmatician before Archimedes," a claim that makes me blush with embarassment.

I was born in Cnidos on the Black Sea, and set out at age 23 to learn geometry from Archytas in Tarentum and philosophy from Plato in Athens.

Later, I earned a living by founding schools in Cyzicus and Athens (the latter was a strong competitor of Plato's Academy).

As to other math ideas, I contributed many new ideas to the study of the golden section and invented the mathematical method of exhaustion.

Answer: Eudoxus (408 - 355 B.C.)