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  • Albert W. Grootendorst †
  • Jan Aarts
  • Miente Bakker
  • Reinie Erné
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Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SHMP)

Abstract

[1.1] What is meant here is the equation that determines the relation between the abscissa x and the ordinate yof an arbitrary point on the curve (the locus). Incidentally, this introduction reminds us of the opening sentence of the Géométrieof Descartes:

Tous les Problesmes de Geometrie se peuvent facilement reduire a tels termes, qu’il n’est besoin par aprés que de connoistre la longeur de quelques lignes droites, pour les construire. [All geometry problems can easily be reduced to such terms that to construct them only the lengths of certain line segments are needed.]

Keywords

Line Segment Transverse Diameter Geometric Algebra Transverse Axis Latus Rectum 
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Bibliography

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert W. Grootendorst †
    • 1
  • Jan Aarts
    • 1
  • Miente Bakker
    • 2
  • Reinie Erné
    • 3
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Centrum Wiskunde & InformaticaAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.LeidenThe Netherlands

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