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Negative Numbers
1545

"Geronimo Cardano (1501-1576) writes Ars magna and uses solutions to polynomials which lead to square roots of negative quantities, but calls them "sophistic" and concludes that they it is "as subtle as it is useless." (This work is often taken to mark the beginning of the modern period of mathematics.)" Quote from site

Actually the concept of negative numbers as a solution of quadratic equations were considered as early as 665 AD. Click site below to see entire timeline.

History of Negative and Imaginary Numbers

 

 

 

 

 

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