>"Pubkeybreaker" <email@example.com> wrote in message >news:6a4aac66-2bf5-4fd1-8cca->firstname.lastname@example.org... >On Jan 8, 9:47 pm, "John Smith" <inva...@invalid.invalid> wrote: >> "Peter Webb" <r.peter.webb...@gmail.com> wrote in message > >> Yes ok I guess I already had that at the back of my mind but was hoping >> to >> find some kind of procedure or algorithm for finding the answers to >> factoring problems which are likely to appear in current school text >> books. > >Which "school" did you have in mind? If you mean "high school", then >the answer >is that you won't find it. If you mean "college", then yes, you can >find such >algorithms in college level textbooks. Knuth's "The Art of Computer >Programming" >vol 2 contains an excellent introduction to algorithms that are >certain to factor >any polynomial.
Thanks. I found a pdf and had a look. The FORTRAN programs and assembler listings brought back memories but these days I probably won't be able to spend time attempting to understand material at that level.
>The mathematics involved in general polynomial factoring algorithms is >definitely >college-level.