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RE: Diophantine Equation Solver

by kryten (Scribe)
on Apr 11, 2000 at 18:39 UTC ( #7311=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Diophantine Equation Solver

For all, like me, wondering what a Diophantine equation actually is:

Diophantine equation
(from: britannica.com who seem to hand out far too many cookies.)
[An] equation involving only addition, multiplication, or taking power +s in which all the constants are natural numbers or their negatives and the only solutions of interest +are natural numbers or their negatives. Named in honour of the 3rd-century Greek mathematician Diop +hantus of Alexandria, these equations were not systematically solved until the 7th century b +y the Hindus.
Maybe a maths type person can elaborate.

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