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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The Problems of the Arithmetica. Evidence for this belief may be found in the fact that Hypatia commented on only the first six books end of the fourth century. Further renumbering is unlikely; it is fairly certain that the Byzantines only knew the six books they transmitted and the Arabs no more than Kf I to VII in the commented version.

Here is one of the puzzles:. Only six books have been succeeded to pass down through the ages out of thirteen. An arithmetic epigram from the Anthologia Graeca of late antiquity, purported to retrace some landmarks of his life marriage alexadria 33, birth of his son at 38, death of his son four years before his own at 84may well be contrived. For example, Book II, problem 8, seeks to express a given….

Of the original thirteen books of which Arithmetica consisted, only six have survived, though there are some who believe that four Arab books discovered in are also by Diophantus.

Mathematics, the science of structure, order, and relation that has alexandriia from elemental practices of counting, measuring, and describing the shapes of objects.

In three problems of Book II it is explained how to represent: Since the first equation yields. It is believed that Diophantus may have been born between AD and in Alexandria, Egypt and died at the age of Diophantus made important advances in mathematical notation.


A Greek text of Diophantus was available only in Byzantium, where Michael Psellus saw what was perhaps the only copy still in existence. But research in papyri dating from the early centuries of the common era demonstrates that a significant amount of intermarriage took place between the Greek and Egyptian communities [ The quadratic equations with one unknown are missing; Diophantus promised in the introduction to treat them, and many examples show that he was familiar with their solution.

A book called Preliminaries to the Geometric Elements has been traditionally attributed to Hero of Alexandria. Procedures for calculating linear and quadratic problems had been developed long before Diophantus. Egypt Library of Alexandria.

Some of the limitations of Diophantus’ notation are that he only had notation for one alexamdria and, when problems involved more than a single unknown, Diophantus was reduced to expressing “first unknown”, “second unknown”, etc.

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. A History of Mathematics: Although The Porisms is lost, three lemmas contained in The Porisms are known because Diophantus refers to them in Arithmetica.

A Latin translation was produced by W. Bachet studied the contents carefully, filled in the lacunae, ascertained and corrected the errors, generalized the solutions, and devised new problems. Where does he come from, where does he go to? A History of Mathematics Second ed.

This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3. This is not a general solution; see Tannery, Diophanti operaI, Diophantus introduced an algebraic symbolism that used an abridged notation for frequently occurring operations, and an abbreviation for the unknown and for the powers of the unknown. Al-Khazin — did, and therefore he is one of those who laid the foundations for the integer Diophantine analysis. The dating of his activity to the middle of the third century derives exclusively from a letter of Michael Psellus eleventh century.


The number of unknowns is reduced. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students.

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Diophantus made important advances in mathematical notation, becoming the diopuantus person known to use algebraic notation and symbolism. Who were his predecessors, who his successors? A prominent German mathematician Hermann Hankel commented that his work is devoid viophantus general method and each problem is solved through a unique method and application of that one method is impractical to other somewhat similar problems.

After consoling his grief by this science of numbers for four years, he reached the end of his life. When did he marry?

Tannery, Diophanti operaII, 38 f. This is as difficult to determine as how much—considering the above-mentioned problems, which are not always simple—Diophantus could have increased the difficulty of the problems. For this reason, mathematical historian Kurt Vogel writes: A proof was finally found in by Andrew Wiles after working on it for seven years. The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World.

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For the general, see Diophantus general. I have a truly allexandria proof of this proposition which this margin is too narrow to contain. When, as in III, 5 and 15, he obtains two solutions by different means, he is satisfied and does not arrange them in a general solution—which, in any case, it was not possible for him to do. Yet even Diophantusin line with the basic Greek conception of mathematics, considered only positive rational solutions; he called a….