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My account will be based on the French translation of Franz W oepcke: L'algebre d'Omar Alkhayyami (Paris 1851). J. Winter and W. Arafat in Journal R. Asiatic Soc. Bengal. 27-77. For an edition of the text with a new French translation and commentary see Roshdi Rashed and Ahmed Djebbar: L'oeuvre algebrique d'AI-Khayyam, University of Aleppo 1981. In the introduction to his "Algebra" Omar Khayyam explains that "The art of algebra" aims at the determination of numericalor geometrical unknown quantities.

Vogel and others), p. 608-609. An original invention of Leonardo is the "series of Fibonacci" 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21, ... in which each term is the sum of the two preceding terms. Leonardo obtained it as the solution of the problem: How many pairs of rabbits can be produced from a single pair in a year if each pair begets a new pair every month, wh ich from the second month on becomes productive, and if death does not occur? Chapter 14 is devoted to calculations with square roots and cube roots. Leonardo begins by presenting some theorems from Euclid's Book II in numerical form, omitting the proofs, "because they are all in Euclid".

Hence this product is 40. ". This is truly sophisticated. ". R. LT. Press, Cambridge, Mass. ) As far as I know, Cardano was the first to introduce eomplex numbers a + -v-=:tJ into algebra, but he had serious misgivings about it. Lodovico F errari In 1536, a youth of 14 years eame into Cardano's household as a servant. He learned mathematies and developed into an eminent mathematieian, Cardano's friend and seeretary. Ferrari discovered that the general equation of degree 4 can be redueed to a eubie equation and henee be solved by means of square roots and eube roots.

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