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    David Muller

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    9

    I2

    O3

    K4
    November 2, 1924 – April 27, 2008

    The quadratic formula! We might have forgotten most of our high school lessons, but that beast is forever etched in our brain (shout out to our algebra teacher, may his mustache forever stay parallel to the floor!):

    -b ± √bČ - 4ac
    2a

    So who invented the quadratic formula? Turns out that it was known for centuries, back to the days of Pythagoras and Euclid. But we had no idea is that there is a second version of the formula, derived by American mathematician David E. Muller (son of previously-profiled Nobel laurate Hermann Muller):

    2c
    -b ± √bČ - 4ac

    Yes, it's quite similar to the original, but it also works. By itself, the alternate formula is not that remarkable, but Muller showed that it can be extended to solve polynomial equations of higher complexity... File that under high school lessons that we thankfully forgot.

    Verdict: Barely a Jew.

    March 2, 2020

    See Also

    Kenneth Appel

    Alexander Gelfond

    Peter Lax

    Hermann Muller

    Pythagoras
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