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François Viète

French mathematician

1540   -   1603


country of citizenship: France
languages spoken, written or signed: Latin, Middle French
educated at: University of Poitiers
occupation: mathematician, cryptographer, lawyer
influenced by: Petrus Ramus

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François Viète, Seigneur de la Bigotière (Latin: Franciscus Vieta; 1540 – 23 February 1603) was a French mathematician whose work on new algebra was an important step towards modern algebra, due to its innovative use of letters as parameters in equations. He was a lawyer by trade, and served as a privy councillor to both Henry III and Henry IV of France.
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