Monday, November 3, 2008
The word algebra comes from the Arabic word al-jabr to reduce. It is generally considered that the work of Diophantus of Alexandra (3rd century) was the first step in hte history of algebra. It was in his Thirteeen Bookd of Arithmetic that mathematicians such as Pierre de Fermat and Francois Viete found the starting point for their own research. Francois Viete is often considered to be the inventor of modern algebra. He founded the algebraic language in 1591 in his work Ars analytica. The language uses letters not only to indicate unknown and indeterminate but also to form words or algebraic expressions.