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Essay Galaxy - Viete Viete

Viete is not regarded as having a direct role in fluid mechanics but is included because he is my son's favorite mathematician. Viete was the first to represent mathematical quantities by letters and introduced the plus (+) and minus (-) symbols. He derived a formula for p in the form of an infinite product. His substitution method for the solution of polynomials still goes by his name. Finally, he was the first to describe the law of cosines and developed multiple angle formulas. The latter were used in his famous product for 2/ p . Viθte trained as a lawyer at the University of Poitiers, receiving his degree in 1560. He began publication of Canon mathematicus, seu ad triangula cum appendicibus in 1571. The first two books on plane and spherical trigonometry were completed by 1579. The last two books on astronomy have never been published. In 1573 Viθte was appointed to the par....

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