# Algebra : The Mathematician

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Circa 1800 BC The Old Babylonian Strassburg tablet seeks the solution of a quadratic elliptic equation. Circa 1800 BC The Plimpton 322 tablet gives a table of Pythagorean triples in Babylonian Cuneiform script.

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Timeline of AlgebraCirca 1800 BCThe Old Babylonian Strassburg tablet seeks the solution of a quadratic elliptic equation.Circa 1800 BCThe Plimpton 322 tablet gives a table of Pythagorean triples in Babylonian Cuneiform script.Circa 800 BCIndian mathematician Baudhayana, in his Baudhayana Sulba Sutra, discovers Pythagorean triples algebraically, finds geometric solutions of linear equations and quadratic equations of the forms ax2 = c and ax2 + bx = c, and finds two sets of positive integral solutions to a set of simultaneous Diophantine equations.Circa 600 BCIndian mathematician Apastamba, in his Apastamba Sulba Sutra, solves the general linear equation and uses simultaneous Diophantine equations with up to five unknowns.Circa 300 BCIn Book II of his Elements, Euclid gives a geometric construction with Euclidean tools for the solution of the quadratic equation for positive real roots. The construction is due to the Pythagorean School of geometry.[citation needed]Circa 300 BCA geometric construction for the solution of the cubic is sought (doubling the cube problem). It is now well known that the general cubic has no such solution using Euclidean tools.Circa 100 BCAlgebraic equations are treated in the Chinese mathematics book Jiuzhang suanshu (The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art), which contains solutions of linear equations solved using the rule of double false position, geometric solutions of quadratic equations, and the solutions of matrices e

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