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Apparently not? The original Greek text is lost to us. The earliest surviving texts are from copies in Arabic transmitted through the Islamic world, before returning to Western Europe in the s via translations from Arabic back into Greek or Latin. In CE, Bachet published in Latin the standard text which Fermat read and annotated with his observations.
This makes available 6 of the 13 books. In , an Arabic text was discovered in Iran containing Books of the Arithmetica. This means 10 of the 13 original books are extent, and the current scholarly view is that Bachet's text has the original Books , Books are from the Arabic text, and the other three books from Bachet are from , but we don't know which three, and with three books still lost. The history of Diophantus's Arithmetica here: www-irma.
There is one such translation freely available , included in the book Diophantus of Alexandria; a study in the history of Greek algebra by Sir Thomas L. Heath For some interesting history, user t. This link says there exists a book, but the cost seems a bit high. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.
Is there an English translation of Diophantus's Arithmetica available? Ask Question. Asked 8 years, 9 months ago. Active 4 months ago. Viewed 10k times. Mihai Mihai 2 2 silver badges 5 5 bronze badges. Aug 24 '11 at Active Oldest Votes. Assad Ebrahim Assad Ebrahim 7 7 silver badges 21 21 bronze badges.
There's just an "abstract" from the books, mostly an abbreviated description of the problems and their solutions which doesn't seem to be a translation from Bachet's Latin version or the original Greek one. Unless I'm stupid and I can't find the actual translation in the book? The translation starts "Knowing, my most esteemed friend Dionysius, that you are anxious to learn how to investigate problems in numbers The translation is of original text edition of Tannery , which Heath prefers to Bachet's.
Did Did k 26 26 gold badges silver badges bronze badges. Aaron Maroja Bhargav Bhargav 2, 4 4 gold badges 17 17 silver badges 25 25 bronze badges. The manuscript was found not that many years ago in a shrine library. The text is probably substantially modified from the original. Any decent university library will have it. Yes, the cost is high, but the profit margin is undoubtedly much less than on a routine calculus book. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Sign up using Facebook. Sign up using Email and Password.
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Its historical importance is twofold: it is the first known work to employ algebra in a modern style, and it inspired the rebirth of number theory. Credit for the first proof is given to the 17th-century French amateur mathematician Pierre de Fermat. The first published proof of the four-square theorem was…. His writing, the Arithmetica , originally in 13 books six survive in Greek, another four in medieval Arabic translation , sets out hundreds of arithmetic problems with their solutions. For example, Book II, problem 8, seeks to express a given square number as the sum of two square numbers here…. This book features a host of problems, the most significant of which have come to be called Diophantine equations.
Quick Info Born about probably Alexandria, Egypt Died about probably Alexandria, Egypt Summary Diophantus was a Greek mathematician sometimes known as 'the father of algebra' who is best known for his Arithmetica. This had an enormous influence on the development of number theory. Biography Diophantus , often known as the 'father of algebra', is best known for his Arithmetica , a work on the solution of algebraic equations and on the theory of numbers. However, essentially nothing is known of his life and there has been much debate regarding the date at which he lived. There are a few limits which can be put on the dates of Diophantus's life. On the one hand Diophantus quotes the definition of a polygonal number from the work of Hypsicles so he must have written this later than BC.