Algebra, symbolic
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The symbolic language of modern algebra grew in a laborious process out of the purely verbal representation of mathematical calculations (Arithmetic). Mathematical language underwent an initial stage of standardization in Europe during the transition from the Medieval Period to the Renaissance, when recurring locutions were condensed into specialized expressions. As late as the second half of the 15th century, the astronomer Regiomontanus still used no symbols. The next phase, during the 16th century, saw the abbre…

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Jahnke, Hans Niels, “Algebra, symbolic”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016703>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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