Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 148)
We begin this chapter with a brief history of the study of roots of polynomials. Mathematicians of the Middle Ages, and probably those in Babylonia, knew the quadratic formula giving the roots of a quadratic polynomial f(X) = X 2 + bX + c. Setting Open image in new window transforms f(X) into a polynomial g(x) with no x term:
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