Early History of the Pell Equation
This chapter is devoted to various aspects of the history of the Pell equation before the work of Lagrange. As this topic has already been dealt with in some detail by Konen,1 Whitford,2, and Dickson,3 our discussion here will be brief. We will concentrate on providing a more modern historical perspective and a somewhat different presentation of this material than that given in these earlier works.
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