### „The first epoch-making algebra to appear in print was the Ars Magna of Cardan“

— David Eugene Smith

History of Mathematics (1925) Vol.2, Context: The first epoch-making algebra to appear in print was the Ars Magna of Cardan (1545). This was devoted primarily to the solution of algebraic equations. It contained the solution of the cubic and biquadratic equations, made use of complex numbers, and in general may be said to have been the first step toward modern algebra.
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