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Timeline: The History of Algebra

European Algebra Before 1,500
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By: Lauren Krause
Timeline: The History of Algebra
European Algebra After 1,500
In the beginning of this period they had accepted zero and irrational numbers were often used but were still questioned if they were actually numbers.
Europeans during this time were aware of negative numbers but they were not used or fully accepted yet.
The concept of todays number system was not fully accepted until the 19th century.
Much effort was put into solving polynomial, quadratic, cubic. and quartic equations. This used great mathematics but came back with various negative outcomes.
Symbolic algebra came to Europe in 1639 with the publication of Descartes' La Géométrie.
How algebra was used in the European culture
European Contributions to Algebra
During the 16th century many Europeans made great advances in mathematical techniques and found solutions to various types of equations.
Many of the European achievements would often be described by mathematician, Boyer as "Perhaps the greatest contribution to algebra since the Babylonians learned to solve quadratic equations almost four millennia earlier."
Cultural, Architectural, Agricultural or Other Cultural Developments That Came About as a Result of the Use of Algebra,
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Timeline of the History of Algebra
Europeans are introduced to Algebra through Leonardo Fibonacci who created "Liber Abaci".
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c. 1300
Chinese Mathematician Zhu Shijie begins to discover more about polynomial algebra, quadratic equations, some quartic equations, equations with up to four unknowns, and simultaneous equations.
1412
Arab Mathematician Abū al-asan ibn Alī al-Qalaādī introduces algebraic symbolism by using short arabic words or letters for mathematical symbols.
1535
Italian Mathematicians such as Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia were able to solve general cubic equations independently.
1545
Italian Mathematician Girolamo Cardano publishes Ars magna -The Great Art which is able to help us to solve a general quartic equation.
1572
Complex roots of cubic equations and modern day notation are discovered and improved upon by Italian Mathematician, Rafael Bombelli.
1631
The symbols ">" and "<" are first used for "greater than" and "less than" by Thomas Harriot.
1637
René Descartes first uses the term "imaginary number"
1637
Pierre de Fermat publishes "Diophantus' Arithmetica" and claims to have proven Fermat's Last Theorem.
1572
1619
Analytic geometry is discovered by René Descartes.
1682
Characteristica Generalis, a manipulation of algebraic symbols, is formulated by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
1685
General cubic equations, some quartic and quintic equations are solved by Kowa Saki.
1683
Japanese Mathematician Kowa Seki discovers determinant, discriminant, and Bernoulli numbers.
1693
Simultaneous linear equations begin to be formed and solved by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz .
1722
1797
Gabriel Cramer studies algebraic curves, matrices and determinants
1799
Abel–Ruffini theorem, a theory that quintic or higher equations can be solved by a general formula, was discovered by Abel–Ruffini theorem.
1799
The fundamental theorem of algebra is proven by Carl Friedrich Gauss.
1806
The Argand diagram and the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra was published by Jean-Robert Argand.
1832
Évariste Galois develops the Galois Theory when working with abstract algebra.
1847
George Boole creates Boolean Algebra and publishes "The Mathematical Analysis of Logic"
1878
A general quintic equation is solved by Charles Hermite by using elliptic and modular functions.
2007
Research teams from North America and Europe work using a computer system to map E8 (mathematics) or closely related linear equations.
1981
The theory of hyperbolic groups was discovered by French-Russian Mathematician, Mikhail Gromov.
Abraham de Moivre creates "de Moivre's formula", which connected trigonometric formulas with complex numbers.
1750
Gabriel Cramer studies algebraic curves, matrices and determinants
The solution of cubic and quartic equations.
The use of letters for known constants.
The marriage of algebra and geometry.
The modern day theory of equations
European Key Contributions
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Descartes' La Géométrie (Book)
Parthenon (Building)
Pathenon (Building)
François Viète (1540-1603): French Mathematician, the author of "Diophantus' Arithmetica"
Gerolamo Cardano (1501-1576): Italian Mathematician, physician, astrologer, and gambler. Through his gambling he became the founder of probability.
Pierre de Fermat (1601-1665): Founder of "Fermat's Last Theorem", a document stating that in the equation "a^n + b^n = c^n" it is impossible that three of the number could be a positive number.
René Descartes (1596-1650): French philosopher, Mathematician, and Writer. Most know as the "Father of Modern Philosophy" and the first to use the term "imaginary number".
European Mathematicians that Contributed to Algebra
Pierre de Fermat
Gerolamo Cardano
François Viète
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