By D. J. Struik
From the Preface
This resource publication includes choices from mathematical writings of authors within the Latin
world, authors who lived within the interval among the 13th and the tip of the eighteenth
century. by means of Latin global I suggest that there aren't any decisions taken from Arabic or other
Oriental authors, except, as when it comes to Al-Khwarizmi, a much-used Latin translation
was on hand. the alternative was once made of books and from shorter writings. frequently merely a
significant a part of the record has been taken, even supposing sometimes it was once attainable to include
a entire textual content. All decisions are awarded in English translation. Reproductions
of the unique textual content, fascinating from a systematic perspective, might have both increased
the dimension of the ebook a long way an excessive amount of, or made it essential to opt for fewer records in a
field the place on the other hand there has been an embarras du choix. i've got indicated in all circumstances the place the
original textual content could be consulted, and normally this is performed in variants of collected
works to be had in lots of collage libraries and in a few public libraries as well.
It has hardly ever been effortless to come to a decision to which decisions choice may be given. Some
are quite noticeable; components of Cardan's ArB magna, Descartes's Geometrie, Euler's MethodUB inveniendi,
and a few of the seminal paintings of Newton and Leibniz. within the number of other
material the editor's selection even if to take or to not take used to be partially guided via his personal
understanding or emotions, partially by way of the recommendation of his colleagues. It stands to reason
that there'll be readers who omit a few favorites or who doubt the knowledge of a particular
choice. despite the fact that, i'm hoping that the ultimate trend does supply a pretty sincere photograph of the mathematics
typical of that interval during which the principles have been laid for the speculation of numbers,
analytic geometry, and the calculus.
The choice has been restrained to natural arithmetic or to these fields of utilized mathematics
that had an instantaneous relating the advance of natural arithmetic, similar to the
theory of the vibrating string. The works of scholastic authors are passed over, other than where,
as on the subject of Oresme, they've got a right away reference to writings of the interval of our
survey. Laplace is represented within the resource e-book on nineteenth-century calculus.
Some wisdom of Greek arithmetic could be precious for a greater understanding1 of
the decisions: Diophantus for Chapters I and II, Euclid for bankruptcy III, and Archimedes
for bankruptcy IV. adequate reference fabric for this goal is located in M. R. Cohen and
I. E. Drabkin, A Bource e-book in Greek Bcience (Harvard college Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
1948). some of the classical authors also are simply to be had in English editions,
such as these of Thomas Little Heath.
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Although this demonstration pertains only to integers, yet it also shows that we cannot find among fractions two biquadratic numbers of which the sum is a square. Indeed, if (a 4 /m 4 ) + (b 4 /n 4 ) were a square, then a 4 n 4 + b4m4, which is a sum of integers, would also be a square, which we have proved to be impossible. Corollary 3. By means of the same proof we can conclude that no numbers p and q exist such that p, 2q and p 2 - q2 are squares; if such numbers existed then there would be values for a and b, which would render a 4 + b4 square; for then a = v'p 2 - q2 and b = V2Jjq.
A'A- 1s. The total number of these residues and nonresidues is = 3A and therefore smaller than p - 1; thus there are still more numbers that are nonresidues. Let t be one such; then, as shown above, all the numbers t, at, a 2 t, ... , ah - 1 t, whose number is = A, will also be nonresidues. \. As all of them are smaller than p, we cannot have 4A > p - 1; consequently either A becomes = (p - 1)/4 or A < (p - 1)/4, always supposing that A < (p - 1)/3 and pis prime. 45. Corollary 1. In a similar way it can be shown that, when A < (p - 1)/4, we never can have A > (p - 1)/5 and thus we have also here A = (p - 1)/5 or A< (p - 1)/5.
6. P~ All 2 7. , D = Pie, k fixed; 2 Pf= 2 l,k=l, .... , rp = a = G, Pj, k 1T = A = G, D = ,\ = G. , ar/;BEMrp is equal to rpr/;BRSN; +l =fixed number= a, i +j =a - I; t,1=1, ... -1 + ,\ + B + 8 = 2A + 2r/; + 21T; 2 8. Pf= 2n- 2 , k +l = n; l,k•l, .... n 9. 10. k 1 Jl J>-1 l=n. , D + B + 8 = 2A + 2rp + 1T; Pl 11. , 0 = 8 + B = 2B. TWELFTH CONSEQUENCE In every arithmetic triangle, if two cells are contiguous in the same base, the upper is to the lower as the number of cells from the upper to the top of the base is to the number of those from the lower to the bottom, inclusive.
A Source Book in Mathematics, 1200-1800 by D. J. Struik