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    DescriptionReprint. Paperback. 387 pp. Diophantus of Alexandria, sometimes called the father of algebra, was an Alexandrian mathematician and the author of a series of books called Arithmetica. These texts deal with solving algebraic equations, many of which are now lost. In studying Arithmetica, Pierre de Fermat concluded that a certain equation considered by Diophantus had no solutions, and noted without elaboration that he had found a truly marvelous proof of this proposition, now referred to as Fermat's Last Theorem. This led to tremendous advances in number theory, and the study of diophantine equations (diophantine geometry) and of diophantine approximations remain important areas of mathematical research. Diophantus was the first Greek mathematician who recognized fractions as numbers; thus he allowed positive rational numbers for the coefficients and solutions. In modern use, diophantine equations are usually algebraic equations with integer coefficients, for which integer solutions are sought. Diophantus also made advances in mathematical notation. Heath's work is one of the standard books in the field.

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    Diophantus of Alexandria
    A Study in the History of Greek Algebra
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sir Thomas L Heath
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 396
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    ISBN 13: 9781578987542
    ISBN 10: 1578987547

    BIC E4L: MAT
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    BISAC V2.8: MAT028000
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    DC21: 512.00938
    DC22: 512.00938
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    Publication date
    30 April 2009