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The tacit appropriation of Hindu algebra in renaissance practical arithmetic

  title={The tacit appropriation of Hindu algebra in renaissance practical arithmetic},
  author={Albrecht Heeffer},
  • Albrecht Heeffer
  • Published 2007
  • Computer Science
  • Example is better than precept (身教胜于言传 Shēnjiào zhòngyú yānjiào) Old Chinese proverb Diophantos would use the rhetorical algebra, the Chinese Nine Chapters on Arithmetic would manipulate matrices, and the Liber abbaci would find the answer by means of proportions We should hence not ask, as commonly done, whether Diophantos (or the Greek arithmetical environment) was the source of the Chinese or vice versa. There was no specific source: The ground was everywhere wet. 

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