History of Algebra - from Ancient Civilizations to the Renaissance

Miguel Couto

Friday 9th February, 2018 16:00-17:00 Maths 311B


Who is the father of algebra?

Why do we call it algebra?

Who was Leonardo of Pisa?

What's the story behind the solution to the cubic equation?

Why do we need complex numbers?

These are some of the questions I will try to answer in my talk. We will look at the major contributions to the subject of Algebra throughout History, from the ancient civilizations up to the the European Renaissance.

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