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Diophantus
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Mathematician
    (circa 200-circa 284)
    Born in Alexandria, Egypt
    Greek mathematician
    Called the 'Father of Algebra'
    Wrote Arithmetica, an early math textbook
    Contributed to mathematical notation and number theory
    He was forgotten during the Middle Ages and wasn't translated into Latin until 1570.
    Some dispute his title of 'The Father of Algebra,' usually for pro-Arabic political reasons.
    He is hard to study unless one knows Greek and because he used only specific, never general, solutions.
    He was limited due to a lack of adequate mathematical notation for some of his work.
    One Byzantine scholar once wrote, 'Thy soul, Diophantus, be with Satan because of the difficulty of your theorems.'
    If you hated and struggled with algebra in high school, blame him.
    He is the one who first proposed what became known as Fermat's Last Theorem, not Pierre Fermat.
    He was well known and studied by the Arab speaking peoples.
    Diophantine equations and approximations are named after him.
    He had to do all his work by hand. No computers or calculators were around then.
    Geeks need heroes too!

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