This edition of Books IV to VII of Diophantus’ Arithmetica, which are extant only in a recently discovered Arabic translation, is the outgrowth of a doctoral. Diophantus’s Arithmetica1 is a list of about algebraic problems with so Like all Greeks at the time, Diophantus used the (extended) Greek. Diophantus begins his great work Arithmetica, the highest level of algebra in and for this reason we have chosen Eecke’s work to translate into English

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This is also included by Tannery in his edition 2.

All these omissions on the part of his predecessors he thinks he has supplied in his notes to the various problems and in the three books of “Porisms” which he prefixed to the work 1. ScorialensisR-II-3, end of 1 6th c. At the same time I could not but recognise that, after twenty-five years in which so much has been done for the history of mathematics, the book needed to be brought up to date, Some matters which in were still subject of controversy, such as the date of Diophantus, may be regarded as settled, and some points which then had to be laboured can now be dismissed more briefly.

This system, besides showing the con. Allusions in the Aritkmetica imply the existence of 3 A collection of propositions under the title of Porisms; in three propositions 3, 5 and 16 of Book V.

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Wertheim in 1 He tells us how he first saw the name of Diophantus mentioned in Suidas, and then found that mention 1 “Sed suas Diophanteis quaestionibus ita immiscuit, ut has engllsh illis distinguere non sit in promptu, neque vero se fidum satis interpretem praebuit, cum passim verba Diophanti immutet, hisque pleraque addat, pleraque pro arbitrio detrahat. The possibility of deriving any number of solutions of a double- equation when one solution is known does not seem to have been noticed by Diophantus, though he uses the principle in certain cases of the single equation see above, pp.


Of the notes themselves this is not the place to speak in detail.

This agrees well diophahtus the fact that he is not quoted by Nicomachus about A. These examples, though proving that Diophantus had somehow arrived at the result, are not in themselves sufficient to show that he was necessarily acquainted with a regular method for the solution of quadratics ; these solutions might though their variety makes it somewhat unlikely have been obtained by mere trial.

If, however, this last condition does not hold, as in the case occurring enflish. Thus Diophantus’ method corresponds here again to the ordi- nary method of solving a mixed quadratic, by which we make it into a pure quadratic with a different x.

According to Gollob, the collation of this MS. But I found evidence that the sign appeared elsewhere in some- what different forms.

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The Greek term for the “double-equation” occurs variously as SwrXoi’- croT? Even Nesselmann, whose book appeared insays that he has never been able to find a copy.

In the first place, the Greek mathe- maticians do not usually give references in such a form as this to propositions which they cite when they come from the same work as that in which they are cited ; as a rule the propositions are quoted without any references at all.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Scholia on Diophantus by the Byzantine Greek scholar John Chortasmenos — are preserved together with a comprehensive commentary written by the earlier Greek scholar Maximos Planudes —arothmetica produced an edition of Diophantus within the library of the Chora Monastery in Byzantine Constantinople. The complete geometrical solution was given by Euclid in VI.


Veritatis porro apud me est autoritas, ut ei coniunctum etiam cum arithmdtica meo testimonium lubentissime perhibeam. And most modern studies conclude that the Greek community coexisted [ In the second place, it is not the case that the use of none but numerical coefficients makes his solutions any the less general.


The addition of these gives 60, and is if times Patavinus of Broscius Brozek now at The object of III. Diophantus makes it his object throughout to obtain solutions in rational numbers, and we find him frequently giving, as a preliminary, the conditions diophanrus must be satisfied in order to secure a result rational in his sense of the word.

On numbers separable into integral squares. Familiarity on the part of the Greeks with Egyptian methods of calculation is well attested. Bachet thinks that he so treated them because he despaired of restoring the book completely. We findjthe Arithmetica quoted under slightly different titles.

If we do not know to what lengths Archimedes brought the theory of numbers to say nothing of other thingslet us admit our ignorance. We have a letter of Psellus nth c. Euclid arithketica a more general formula in Book X.