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William Dunham (mathematician)
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Extraordinary Sums of Leonhard Euler.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Cardano take an oath to secrecy?
(a) It was the only way to get his book published.
(b) It was the only way to get Tartaglia's solution to cubic equations.
(c) It was to the only way to win the contest with Fior,
(d) It was the only way he could become a priest,

2. Which of the following were an example of twin primes?
(a) 19 and 22.
(b) 11 and 13.
(c) 2 and 6.
(d) 15 and 16.

3. Which of the following could NOT be included as a step in Euclid's great theorem?
(a) Take a finite group of primes and add them together, plus one.
(b) Divide a infinite group of primes by the sum of their composites.
(c) If a new number is found to be composite, then it must have some prime as a divisor.
(d) After summation, the new number can be prime or composite.

4. In what time period did mathematicians find a solution to cubic equations?
(a) Fifteen century.
(b) Twentieth century.
(c) Seventeeth century.
(d) Thirteenth century.

5. Who was Euler's teacher?
(a) Isaac Newton.
(b) Jakob Bernoulli.
(c) Johann Bernoulli.
(d) Gottfried Leibniz.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following was true about Cardano, according to Dunham?

2. Who challenged Tartaglia to a contest to solve cubic equations?

3. Who wrote a treatise that supposed that cubic equations may be impossible to solve?

4. What else, besides a solution to cubic equations, was in Cardano's book?

5. Who's method did Tartaglia's challenger use in the contest to solve cubic equations?

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