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at the expense of algebra. All mathematicians were driven to geometry. The consequence persists. Even today, we still speak of and as x squared and x cubed.
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...given
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...cube
This is a modern word; the original word as given by Archimedes is triple.
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...famous
Try to prove either of these without calculus!! Yet, the Egyptians seems to have been aware of the formulas. Levels of understanding progress.
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Don Allen
Mon Feb 10 08:03:17 CST 1997