Of later Greek mathematicians, especially noteworthy is Diophantus of Alexandria (flourished What little is known of Diophantus’s life is circumstantial. Diophantus of Alexandria (Greek: Διόφαντος ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς) (c. – c. C.E. ) was a Hellenistic mathematician. He is sometimes called. Diophantus was born around AD and died around AD. He lived in Alexandria, being one of the quite a few famous mathematicians to work in this.

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We find them in Babylonian and Chinese texts, as well as among the Greeks since the Pythagoreans. The reason why there were three cases to Diophantus, while today there is only one, is that he did not have any notion for zero and he avoided negative coefficients by considering the given numbers to all be positive in each of the three cases above.

Diophantus – Hellenistic Mathematics – The Story of Mathematics

He also considered simultaneous quadratic equations. The most famous of diophantjs is Fermat’s Last Theorem. Diophantus has variously been described by historians as either Greek[2] [3] [4] non-Greek, [5] Hellenized Egyptian[6] Hellenized Babylonian[7] Jewishor Chaldean. Of the original thirteen books of which Arithmetica consisted, only six have survived, though there are some diophantsu believe that four Arab books discovered in are also by Diophantus.

Expressions of higher degree are similarly simplified. It is, of course, impossible to answer this question definitively.

Diophantus made important advances in mathematical notation. This knowledge came to attention when translators found the mention of his other work in his surviving book, for example, The Porisms. When did he marry? The symbolism that Diophantus introduced for the first time, and undoubtedly devised himself, provided a short and readily comprehensible means of expressing an equation: Guillaume Gosselin, an algebraist in Renaissance France.


There are a few Greek algebraic texts that we possess which are more ancient than Diophantus: An example is V, Of course, it was essential in such cases for the Egyptians to become “Hellenized,” to adopt Greek habits and the Greek language. Thus far the best known translation, published in Latin in the 17 th century, apexandria credited to Bachet.

These definitions are extended in problem IV.

The standard edition ov Greek was edited by Paul Tannery 2 vol. United Nations UNinternational organization established on October 24, Fermat’s proof was never found, and the problem of finding a proof for the theorem went unsolved for centuries. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Before him, everyone wrote out equations completely. Extent of the Work.

Diophantus – Mathematician Biography, Contributions and Facts

It concerns a wine mixture composed of x jugs of one type at five drachmas and y jugs of a better type at eight drachmas. He is the author of a series of classical mathematical books called, The Arithmetica, and worked with equations which are now called Diophantine equations; the method to solve those problems is now called Diophantine analysis.

After consoling his grief by this science of numbers for four years, he reached the end of his life. Mummy portrait representing ethnic appearance of Egypt’s “Greek” population in oof century CE. Of the few indeterminate exercises presented there, one I, Procedures for calculating linear and quadratic problems had been developed long before Diophantus.

Author:Diophantus of Alexandria

A section dealing with them seems to be missing between the first and second books. His writing, the Arithmeticaoriginally in 13 books six survive in Greek, another four in medieval Arabic translationsets out hundreds of arithmetic problems with their solutions. Diophantus did not just write Arithmetica, but very few of his diophantud works have survived. The importance of Diophantus is emphasized by Gauss in the introduction to his Disquisitiones arithmetice: This gives a hypotenuse of xsince 3 x: List and Biographies of Great Mathematicians.


Almost everything we know about Diophantus comes from a single 5th century Greek anthology, which is a collection of number games and strategy puzzles. He lived in AlexandriaEgyptprobably from between and to or AD. For example, he would explore problems such as: Problem of Apollonius Squaring the circle Doubling the cube Angle trisection. A book called Preliminaries to the Geometric Elements has been traditionally attributed to Hero of Alexandria.

Sometimes, for example in IV, 14, the integer solution is added to the rational solution. Who were his predecessors, who his successors?

A proof was finally found in by Andrew Wiles after working on it for seven years. Additionally, his use of mathematical notations, especially the syncopated notation played a significant role in cementing his position as a notable mathematician.

Sometimes called “the father of algebra “, his texts deal with solving algebraic equations.

Diophantus of Alexandria

It is a collection of problems giving numerical solutions alexancria both determinate and indeterminate equations. Am J Phys Anthropol 4: Problems of the type found in the Arithmetica first appeared in the West in the Liber abbaci of Leonardo of Pisa ; he undoubtedly became acquainted with them from Arabic sources during his journeys in the Mediterranean area.

The study of Diophantine equations is one of the central areas of number theory.