Algebra, Elimination and the Complete Book of Mathematics

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Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 39)


Seki Takakazu (1642?–1708) is a mathematician in the Edo Period (1603– 1868) of Japan. He was distinguished far from the other mathematicians in Japan at that time. We have so far failed to find any name of person who taught him mathematics in spite of all our efforts of investigations at this occasion of 300 years after his death. His disciples are few and his monumental treatise Complete Book of Mathematics (1683–1711) of approximately 1800 pages has practically been ignored by mathematicians who claimed themselves to be in Seki’s school of mathematicians and also by later historians of mathematics until these days. Yet he was not isolated not only in Japan but also in the world. We will show the evidence in what follows.


Natural Science Edition Pythagorean Theorem Seventh Century Elimination Theory Power Procedure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Mathematical Sciencesthe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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