Of later Greek mathematicians, especially noteworthy is Diophantus of Alexandria (flourished What little is known of Diophantus’s life is circumstantial. Diophantus of Alexandria (Greek: Διόφαντος ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς) (c. – c. C.E. ) was a Hellenistic mathematician. He is sometimes called. Diophantus was born around AD and died around AD. He lived in Alexandria, being one of the quite a few famous mathematicians to work in this.

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Almost everything we know about Diophantus comes from a single 5th century Greek anthology, which is a collection of number games and strategy puzzles.

The Hutchinson dictionary of scientific biography. The editio princeps of Arithmetica was published in by Xylander. Diophantus generally proceeds from the simple to the more difficult, both in the degree of the aleaxndria and in the number of unknowns. Most of the problems in Arithmetica lead to quadratic equations. Nevertheless, his diopyantus, if unsystematic, collection of indeterminate problems is a singular achievement that was not fully appreciated and further developed until much later.

As far as is known, Diophantus did not affect the lands of the Orient much and how much he affected India is a matter of debate. Retrieved December 20, from Encyclopedia. Copyright The Columbia University Press.

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His writing, the Arithmeticaoriginally in 13 books six survive in Greek, another four in medieval Arabic translationsets out hundreds of arithmetic problems with their solutions. Fragments of a book dealing with polygonal numbers are extant [12]. Who were his predecessors, who his successors? Hermann Hankelrenowned German mathematician made the following remark diophanuts Diophantus.


Diophantus did not just write Arithmetica, but very few of his other works have survived. For example, he would explore problems such as: It is true that in two respects the work of diophwntus represented a retrogression from that of Diophantus. This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Retrieved 10 April The formula is used in order to find four triangles with the same hypotenuse. Editions of Arithmetica exerted a profound influence on the development of algebra in Diohpantus in the late sixteenth and through the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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Of the few indeterminate exercises presented there, one I, You may find it helpful to search within the diophxntus to see how similar or related subjects are covered. Book X presumably Greek Book VI deals with right-angled triangles with rational sides and subject to various further conditions.

However, there are dilphantus speculations that more books were survived in Arabic translation. As far as we know Diophantus did not affect the lands of the Orient much and how much he affected India is a matter of debate.

A History of Mathematics: Only few people understood that it was actually an arithmetic treatise: Its historical importance is twofold: He tried to distract himself from the grief with the science of numbers, and died 4 years later, at After consoling his grief by this science of numbers for four years, he reached the end of his life.

Dionysius, who, before he became bishop of Alexandria in a.

The degree of the equation is reduced. Here, as in many problems of the Arabic books, the high powers lead to large numbers b 2 2a 3 3 as results.

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His ethnic appearance most likely resembled those of the Fayum mummy portraitsmany of which belonged to Hellenized Egyptians with Greek names, much like Diophantus. Diophantus of Alexandria Greek: According to this definition, the polygonal number. It is on that account difficult for a modern mathematician even after studying Diophantine solutions to solve the st problem; and if we have made the attempt, and after some vein endeavors read Diophantus’ own solution, we shall be astonished to see how suddenly he leaves the broad high-road, dashes into a side-path and with a quich turn reaches the goal, often enough a goal with reaching which we should not be content; we expected to have to climb a toilsome path, but to be rewarded at the end by an extensive view; instead of alexadria out guide leads by narrow, strange, but smooth ways diophwntus a small eminence; he has finished!

One such lemma is that the difference of the cubes of two rational numbers is equal to the sum of the cubes of two other rational numbers, i.

Diophantus of Alexandria

Archimedes Dicaearchus Zeno of Elea. A History of Mathematics Second ed. These certainly found their way from some commentary into the Greek text ; for such additions, when introduced, tend to be located at the beginning or at the end of books see II. Archimedes Palimpsest The Sand Reckoner.