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By Rudolf Thurneysen

Even though the e-book was once basically meant for philologists--its objective being, within the author's phrases, 'to make outdated Irish obtainable to these acquainted with the comparative grammar of the Indo-European languages'--it has been for greater than a iteration the normal paintings for all who've made previous Irish their precise learn.

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We often use the word algorithm to describe procedural methods for solving problems, and al-Khwarizmi’s name is the source of the word algorithm. One application described in Kitab al-jabr waal-muquabala demonstrated the method of completing the square. The method was used to solve a financial problem involving the relationship, a square and 10 roots equal 39 dirhems. A dirhem was a unit of money, and in our notation, al-Khwarizmi found the roots of the quadratic x 2 C 10x D 39. Al-Khwarizmi did not have the benefit of our concise notation, and resorted to long verbal explanations to express the relationship between quantities.

3/ D 9, there is a root between 2 and 3. We then write the solution as x D 2 C y and rewrite the equation in terms of y. y/ D y 3 C 4y 2 C 5y 1 D 0. z/ D z 3 C 40z 2 C 500z 1000 D 0. z/ changes sign. 2/ D 168, we take z D 1 C u D 1 C v=10 and continue the procedure. At this point we know that x D 2:1 : : : . In this way (working with sufficient patience and accuracy), it is possible to find any number of decimal digits of a root of any equation with real coefficients, no matter its degree. The Japanese mathematician Seki Kowa (Seki Takakazu, 1642–1708) is said to have solved an equation of degree 1458, over a period of several days, on the floor of a large room ruled into squares.

1) can be used to compute the circumference. Of course having to look up the distance to the Equator may seem like cheating. So the next method is more in the spirit of Eratosthenes. 14 2. How to Measure the Earth, Lawrence D’Antonio – Using two measurements of the Sun: This method is a lot more flexible in terms of scheduling the project (this method can be used at any time of year during daylight), but one needs to measure the Sun’s inclination from two locations. The locations have to be on the same longitude, have to be a known distance apart, and must be far enough apart for the difference in angle of inclination to be detectable.

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