Paul J. Nahin Quotes
“That is, he would have started over from the beginning to solve with, again, both p and q non-negative. This is totally unnecessary, however, as at no place in the solution to x3 + px = q did he ever actually use the non-negativity of p and q. That is, such assumptions have no importance, and were explicitly made simply because of an unwarranted aversion by early mathematicians to negative numbers. This”
Paul J. Nahin
- Description: Paul J. Nahin is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire and the author of many best-selling popular math books, including The Logician and the Engineer and Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now? (both Princeton).