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16 Feb 2006 16:21 PST
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Who developed the mathematics of synthetic division?
Re: synthetic division
Answered By: alanna-ga on 17 Feb 2006 02:55 PST
Hi realblond-ga Synthetic division was first described by Paolo Ruffini, an Italian mathematician, in 1809. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_division Synthetic division is, in fact, also referred to as "division through Ruffini's rule," and an example may be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polynomial_long_division#Synthetic_division. Paolo Ruffini was also a philosopher and was licensed to practice medicine. A short biography may be found here: http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Ruffini.html A bibliography of web references to Ruffini is here: http://www.factbites.com/topics/Paolo-Ruffini Hope this is helpful to you. All the best, alanna-ga
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