Chuquet, Nicolas (nēkôläˈ shükāˈ) [key], c.1450–1500, French mathematician, probably b. Paris. Little is known of Chuquet's life. At Lyons in 1484 he composed a manuscript on the science of numbers, which was finally published in two parts in 1880 and 1881. The first part, called the "Triparty," was a treatise on algebra and contained the first use of the radical sign with an index (as in
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