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What is new and what is old in Viète's analysis restituta and algebra nova, and where do they come from ? Some reflections on the relations between algebra and analysis before Viète

  title={What is new and what is old in Vi{\`e}te's analysis restituta and algebra nova, and where do they come from ? Some reflections on the relations between algebra and analysis before Vi{\`e}te},
  author={Marco Panza},
  journal={Revue d Histoire des Mathematiques},
  • M. Panza
  • Published 5 May 2007
  • Mathematics
  • Revue d Histoire des Mathematiques
Francois Viete considered most of his mathematical treatises to be part of a body of texts he entitled "Opus restitutae Mathematicae Analyseos Seu Algebrâ novâ". Despite this title and the fact that the term "algebra'' has often been used to designate what is customarily regarded as Viete's main contribution to mathematics, such a term is not part of his vocabulary. How should we understand this term, in the context of the title of his Opus, where "new algebra'' is identified with "restored… Expand

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