Pell's equation

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Etymology[edit]

Named by Leonhard Euler after the 17th century mathematician John Pell, whom Euler mistakenly believed to be the first to find a general solution.

Noun[edit]

Pell's equation (uncountable)

  1. (number theory) The Diophantine equation x^2 - my^2 = 1 for a given integer m, to be solved in integers x and y.

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