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Diophantus [Astro*Index]


(210?-290?) Greek mathematician.

Departing from the standard Greek mathematics (Geometry), Diophantus solved problems by what is now called Algebraic Equations. (In general, while strong in Geometry, Greek mathematics suffered from a serious lack of development in Algebra.) He is best known for his investigation of equations which require solutions which are integers (Diophantine Equations). His year of birth and that of death are quesses; he may have been born in 50AD, and lived to the age of 84. His writings were maintained by the Arabs, and translated into Latin during the 16th century.

See also:
♦ Stevinus, Simon


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