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Bombelli
The Father of
Imaginary Numbers
IHMT 10^{th} Anniversary Momento 
A
Power Point Presentation
History of Mathematics
by
Kevin Scott Wood, '06

Click below to see
the Power Point slide show.

Bombelli
Slide Show
References
J. J.
O'Connor and E. F. Robertson, Rafael
Bombelli.
< http://wwwhistory.mcs.standrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Bombelli.html
>

Curtin,
Sandifer, Stoudt, Rafael
Bombelli's L'Algebra.
< http://nsm1.nsm.iup.edu/gsstoudt/history/bombelli/bombelli.pdf
>
In the Summer of 1996 groups of participants in the NSF sponsored Institute for the History of Mathematics
and Its Use in Teaching (IHMT) were asked to write reports
based on original sources from the Artemas Martin Collection in the
library of American University, Washington, D.C. Dan Curtin, Ed
Sandifer and Gary Stoudt investigated Bombelli's L’Algebra.
At the start of the workshops, most of us confessed to knowing little
of this Italian's contributions. At the end of the threeweek
sessions Curtin, Sandifer and Stoudt convinced some 4050
mathematicians to have Bombelli as the hero of our rallying cry to
include more History of Mathematics in our courses. We voted to
adopt Bombelli for promotion to a much higher profile. After all,
we as mathematicians routinely teach imaginary and complex
numbers. We should not forget their father.

Wikipedia
< http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafael_Bombelli
>



