What is 'Algebra'?Date: 8/6/96 at 21:43:53 From: Anonymous Subject: Algebra Hello, What is the meaning of the word algebra? Date: 8/6/96 at 23:45:11 From: Doctor Paul Subject: Re: Algebra Webster says: al.ge.bra \'al-j*-br*\ \'al-j*-.bra--*st\ n [ML, fr. Ar al-jabr, lit., the reduction] 1a: a generalization of arithmetic in which letters representing numbers are combined according to the rules of arithmetic. 1b: a treatise on algebra. 2: a mathematical ring whose elements can be multiplied by elements of a specified field in accordance with special rules. 3: a logical or set calculus - al.ge.bra.ist n. Bool.ean algebra \.bu:-le-*n-\ n [George Boole -1860 E mathematician]: A logical calculus, esp. of classes arranged as a system of theorems deduced from a set of undefined symbols and axioms concerning them. -Doctor Paul, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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