Proof in C17 algebra

Brendan Larvor

Philosophia Scientiae (2005)

  • Volume: 9, Issue: S2, page 43-59
  • ISSN: 1281-2463

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Larvor, Brendan. "Proof in C17 algebra." Philosophia Scientiae 9.S2 (2005): 43-59. <>.

author = {Larvor, Brendan},
journal = {Philosophia Scientiae},
keywords = {algebra, 16th century; algebra, 17th century; Cardano; Viète; Harriot; Pell},
language = {eng},
number = {S2},
pages = {43-59},
publisher = {Éditions Kimé},
title = {Proof in C17 algebra},
url = {},
volume = {9},
year = {2005},

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