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Topic: [HM] Mathematician Valdes burned by the inquisition?
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Martin Davis

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[HM] Mathematician Valdes burned by the inquisition?
Posted: May 15, 2006 9:56 PM
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The following quotation occurs in it least two web sites. Both are in the
context of an attack on the behavior of the Catholic Church. Does it have
any validity?

"Another senseless execution was that of the mathematician Valmes by the
Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada in 1486. He was burned at the stake for having
claimed to have found a solution to a purely mathematical problem (solving
the quartic equation). The Inquisitor General maintained that it was God's
will that such equations should remain unsolved."

Martin




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