TITLE

Quando Che'I Cubo

AUTHOR(S)
Gutman, Kelue O.
PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
Mathematical Intelligencer;Winter2005, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p32
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the solution of cubic equations. In the history of mathematics, the story of the solution to the cubic equation is as convoluted as it is significant. In the early 1500s, mathematician Sciplone del Ferro of the University of Bologna discovered how to solve a depressed cubic, one without its second-degree term, but in the style of the day he kept his discovery to himself. On his deathbed in 1526 he divulged the solution to his student Antonio Fior. Gerolamo Cardano, giving full credit to both Scipione and Tiirtaglia, published the solution to the depressed cubic, his own solution to the general cubic, and Feirari's solution to the quadratic, in 1545, in a huge tome, Ars Magna. This widely dispersed work is considered by many to be the first book ever written entirely about algebra.
ACCESSION #
15690878

 

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