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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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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. An English translation, in a modern rendering, is T. There was undoubtedly an irresistible alexandriq to investigate the properties of numbers and to explore the mysteries which had grown up around them.

Book IV begins with an introduction stating that, subsequent to the consideration of problems involving linear numbers x, y and plane numbers x 2y 2xy as found in books I-III, the problems to come will involve solid numbers and their associations with numbers of the two preceding powers.

Greek mathematics is inadequate without his contribution in the form of Airthmetica.

I have a truly marvelous proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain. In five years there came a bouncing new son; Alas, the dear child of master and sage, After attaining half the measure of his father’s life, dlophantus fate took him. The first is alexandriaa small fragment on polygonal numbers a number is polygonal if that same number of dots can be arranged in the form of a regular polygon. Tannery, Diophanti opera see aboveII, prolegomena; and P.


Today, Diophantine analysis is the area of study where integer whole-number solutions are sought for equations, and Diophantine equations are polynomial equations with integer coefficients to which only integer solutions are sought.

Author:Diophantus of Alexandria

This caused his work to be more concerned with particular problems rather than general situations. The portion of the Greek Arithmetica that survived, however, was, like all ancient Greek texts transmitted to the early modern world, copied by, and thus known to, medieval Byzantine scholars.

Introduction of algebraic symbolism with abridged notation for recurring operations proved to be quite useful tool in solving problems. 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.

The differences of two cubes are also the sums of two cubes V, He was the first person to use algebraic notation and symbolism. In modern use, Diophantine equations are usually algebraic equations with integer coefficients, for which integer solutions are sought.

Diophantus – Mathematician Biography, Contributions and Facts

Scholia on Diophantus by the Byzantine Greek scholar John Chortasmenos — are preserved together with a comprehensive commentary written by the earlier Greek scholar Maximos Planudes —who produced an edition of Diophantus within the library alexandris the Chora Monastery in Byzantine Constantinople. It is believed that Diophantus may have been born between AD and in Alexandria, Egypt and died at the age of Alxeandria Problems of the Arithmetica.

Most of the problems in Arithmetica lead to quadratic equations. This tomb holds Diophantus.

Diophantus of Alexandria

diopnantus Method of approximation to limits V, 9— Since the first equation yields. One sees that the addends are simply juxtaposed without any plus sign between them. There is no evidence that suggests Diophantus even realized that there could be two solutions to a quadratic equation. Even though the text is otherwise inferior to the edition, Fermat’s annotations—including his famous “Last Theorem”—were printed in this version. The translation and solution of alexanfria epigram-problem infers that Diophantus’ boyhood lasted fourteen years, acquired a beard at 21, and married at age Such examples motivated the rebirth of number theory.


Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. He was perhaps the first to recognize fractions as numbers in their own right, allowing positive rational numbers for the coefficients and solutions of his equations.

It is believed that Fermat did not actually have the proof he claimed to have. He authored a tract, “On Polygonal Numbers,” and a collection of propositions, called Porisms.

A prominent German mathematician Hermann Hankel commented that his work is devoid of general method and dioohantus problem is solved through a unique method and application of that one method is impractical to other somewhat similar problems. Diophantus wrote several other books besides Arithmeticabut very few of them have survived. The most famous of these is Fermat’s Last Theorem.