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    is generally credited to Vieta, starting in 1591 [1]. "Vieta" is a latinization of "Viète" which is a (gasp)French name, and he was indeed a Frenchman.

    [1] Some things more "newfangled" than this:
    * The King James Version of the Bible
    * The speaking of English in what's now the US
    * The emergence of capitalism as an economic system

    Feel free to add to the list.

    Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

    by ebohlman on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 04:38:32 PM PST

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