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« Reply #105 on: October 17, 2008, 08:54:28 pm »

Although, through his skill and numbers, Pythagoras attained immortality among future generations, both because he submitted himself to wandering Egyptian and Arab teachers, who were greatly
skilled in that study, then because he tried to probe all the secrets of nature by the certain
connection of numbers, nevertheless, Euclid made a much more worthy foundation of numbers in
three of his books, the seventh, eighth and ninth, whence Jordanus gathered the ten books of elements of numbers and from this produced his three most beautiful books on given numbers.

Diophantus, however, produced thirteen most subtle books (which no one has [End Page 54] yet translated from Greek into Latin), in which lie the very flower of all arithmetic, namely the art of assessing and accounting, which today is called algebra after its Arabic name.

Indeed, Latin authors treat many fragments of that most beautiful art, but after Giovanni Bianchini,
an excellent man, I find a scarcity of greatly learned men in our own time.

In our time, the Quadripartitum numerorum is certainly thought to be quite distinguished, likewise
the Algorithmus demonstratus and the Arithmetic of Boethius, the introduction [of which] was
taken from the Greek Nichomacus.40 
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