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See HEATH, op. , pp. 133- GREECE 35 divorced from geometry, his treatment is purely analytical. " is number to be subtracted gives a applied to differences, like (2 x to be 3) (2 x 3), the product of which he finds without resorting to geometry. 2 Identities like (a -f 6) 2 a2 -f 2 ab 5 , which are elevated = + rank of geometric theorems, with Diophantus are the simplest consequences of algebraic laws of operation. Diophantus represents the unknown quantity x by by Euclid to the exalted U v V the square of the unknown a?
1 2 Gow, p. 69. For their definitions see Gqw, 2 p. 70, or CAJOEI, op. The Pythagcit,, p. 68. A HISTOEY OF MATHEMATICS 30 oreans paid much attention to the subject of proportion. Tha,, quantities a, b, c, d, were said to be in arithmetical proportion, when a b=cd; in geometrical proportion, when a b = c d : : ; in har/nojiic proportion, when a "proportion, : -| when a (a -f &) &:& c=a:c; = 2 ab/(a + b):b. in musical lamblichus says that the last was introduced from Babylon. The 7th, 8th, and 9th books of Euclid's Elements are on the science of number, but the 2d and 10th, though professedly geometrical and treating of magnitudes, are applicable to numbers.
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