Mathematician:Paolo Ruffini

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Mathematician

Italian mathematician and philosopher.

Most famous for his incomplete proof of what is now known as the Abel-Ruffini Theorem proving the insolubility of the general quintic with radicals.


Nationality

Italian


History

  • Born: 22 Sept 1765 in Valentano, Papal States (now Italy)
  • Died: 10 May 1822 in Modena, Duchy of Modena (now Italy)


Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Paolo Ruffini can be found here.


Publications

  • 1799: La teoria generale delle equazioni (2 volumes)
  • 1802: Riflessioni intorno alla rettificazione ed alla quadratura del circulo (on squaring the circle)
  • 1802: Della soluzione delle equazioni algebraiche determinata partocolari di grado sup. al 4º (The solution of particular equations whose order is greater than 4)
  • 1804: Sopra la determinazione delle radici nelle equazioni numeriche di qualunque grado
  • 1806: Della immortalità dell'anima (On the immortality of the soul)
  • 1807: Algebra elementare (Elementary algebra)
  • 1820: Memoria sul tifo contagioso (Memoir on contagious typhus)
  • 1821: Riflessioni critiche sopra il saggio filosofico intorno alle probabilità del signor conte Laplace (Critical review on the philosophical writing of Laplace on probability)

My Italian is not good - I may have mistranslated or misinterpreted some of the above.


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