By V. S. Varadarajan

ISBN-10: 082180989X

ISBN-13: 9780821809891

This article bargains a unique account of Indian paintings in diophantine equations in the course of the sixth via twelfth centuries and Italian paintings on suggestions of cubic and biquadratic equations from the eleventh via sixteenth centuries. the amount strains the old improvement of algebra and the idea of equations from precedent days to the start of recent algebra, outlining a few sleek subject matters similar to the elemental theorem of algebra, Clifford algebras, and quarternions. it's aimed toward undergraduates who've no heritage in calculus.

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