Dear Victor, I'm sorry that I don't have an answer for you, but I'm interested in the answer of the occurrence of the first quadratic equation and the occurrence of the first general solution to quadratic equations. I guess that I'm interested in European solutions, but solutions from Asia, Africa and MesoAmerica would be very interesting. Could you post your findings on the list serve? Peace from an Albany, GA with a rising Flint River that is now 5 feet above flood stage. Don
> From: Victor Steinbok <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Organization: is the opiate of the feeble-minded > Reply-To: email@example.com > Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 13:42:33 -0500 (CDT) > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: [HM] Babylonian query > > A couple of other sources place the first known appearance of quadratic > equations at the time of Hammurabi (that would be the 1700s BCE).